Letter from George Landells to the Victorian Chief Secretary
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George Landells had many years experience of India when he wrote to the Victorian Chief Secretary offering to purchase camels in India on behalf of the Victorian Government. He recommended the camels as possessing powers of endurance under the greatest privations’ and suggested that
the introduction of a troop of Camels into Australia would tend at once to remove all the obstacles that have hitherto prevented the complete exploration of the interior, and I should recommend that at least twenty-four first class animals should be imported comprising six males and twelve females of the Dromedary or one humped Camel, and two males and four females of the Camel of Cabal, and that if the Govt decide to introduce 6 more of the last mentioned would be a valuable addition and would make their freight individually less, this troop would enable a breeding herd to be retained And an exploring expedition to be started immediately on their arrival...