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'The Punt' by F.H. Sutton, 1924 to 1930

MU00051.002

'The Punt' by F.H. Sutton, 1924 to 1930

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Description

The Punt' by F.H. Sutton, 1924-30

Physical description

An unused black and white photographic postcard featuring a punt positioned on inland waters with various people, cars, and horse drawn carts on it. Also featured in the image in the far distance are numerous houses and buildings. On the reverse side of the postcard there is printed text which reads 'POST CARD / ... / F.H. SUTTON, ROYAL ART STUDIO, GRAFTON.'.

Statement of significance

The Horse photographs and ephemera collection no. 2 consists of photographs and items of ephemera associated with the history of horses in Australia, primarily in the subjects of transport, farming, pastoral work, commercial businesses, sport and entertainment. The Cooley's omnibus service timetable is a rare surviving example of advertising for a Tasmanian urban coaching service. The Chivers family album presents strong family stories of 1920s travel and transportation.The Bullivant family photographs offer insight into the life of a saddler during the nineteenth century, and context for the Ned Kelly bushranging story.

Horses played a major role in early colonial Australia, where the limits of horses were tested through contests of speed, endurance and power. By the early twentieth century, Australia had become 'exceptionally well supplied with horses', with a ratio of almost one horse to every two people by 1920. Equine muscle became the key form of power on Australian farms and coaching firms developed passenger networks through much of inland Australia, while horses hauled goods between shops, homes, factories and docks, and helped construct streets, buildings and infrastructure. Associated trades and businesses prospered, until the gradual transition to fossil fuel-powered engines during the twentieth century.

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