Summary

Bill Boyd's description of this image reads 'Using a two-metre buck-scraper, Jack McRae works at a deep cutting through a sand rise to make a channel that fell three inches in a mile.'

Water channels were essential to farmers trying to work the land in the Mallee region. With an average rainfall of less that 12 inches per annum, droughts were endemic.

Weston Bate, 1989, "Having a Go! Bill Boyd's Mallee", Museum Victoria, Melbourne.

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Jack McCrae using a two-metre buck-scraper on a deep cutting through a sand rise. The channel was to fall three inches in a mile.

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