The Boyd's farm was not connected to the nearby water supply until 1922, and though there was a dam on the property at Bimbourie they frequently had to cart water to supplement their supplies. The nearest channel was at Nyarrin, just three miles away. When that was dry, the Boyd's travelled across eight miles of sand to collect water from the reservoir at Nandaly.

Bill Boyd wrote of this image 'you could fill a couple of four-hundred gallon tanks quicker with two kerosene buckets than you could pumping with a three-inch Douglas pump.'

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

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Men filling water tanks from channel. The water tank is on a wagon drawn by four horses. The water is being taken from the main Tyrrell West channel near Nyarrin. (see also MM 002250).

Physical Description

Black and white photographic film negative

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