Incredible Historic Images Of Northern Territory Crocodile & Buffalo Hunters On The Frontier Land

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    Incredible Historic Images Of Northern Territory Crocodile And Buffalo Hunters On The Frontier Land Of Cyclones, Monsoonal Rains And Hot Summers

    • The Northern Territory Archives Service is releasing photographs of the Top End's incredible frontier history
    • Crocodile hunters have been documented on camera stringing four-metre long reptiles by the Daly River
    • Historic photographs document the shooting of feral buffaloes after they were brought from Asia in the 1820s

    They breed them tough in the Northern Territory.

    Monsoonal rains drench the tropics after the build-up and throughout the hot, sweaty summer.

    All year round, monster crocodiles lurk by the edges of Top End waterholes, waiting for a human meal or an unwary buffalo.

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    A pair of four-metre saltwater crocodiles are loaded on to a lugger by the Daly River, southwest of Darwin, during the 1930s

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    Two children sit on top of a shot buffalo in the Northern Territory some time in 1919. The exact location in the NT isn't known

    Incredible historic images show how the prehistoric reptiles were hunted close to extinction before crocodile hunting was banned in 1971.

    An image from the 1930s shows a pair of four-metre saltwater crocodiles strung up the neck on ropes by the Daly River, southwest of Darwin.

    They are being loaded onto a lugger known as the 'Maroubra', named after a beach in Sydney.

    The owner of the lugger Jack Hales features on an image published by the Northern Territory Archives Service.

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    Fred Smith, an early buffalo shoot based at Point Stuart, east of Darwin, during the early 1920s. (Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland)

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    Buffalo shooters in the Northern Territory in 1917, almost 100 years after the feral creatures were introduced to the Top End

    A new beast arrived on the scene during the 1820s when buffalos came to the Northern Territory from Asia.

    Legendary buffalo shooter Robert Joel Cooper shot dead about 10,000 of the pests at Malay Bay, near Arnhem Land, during the 1820s.

    Melville Island, which received the first imported buffaloes, was where indigenous stockmen skinned them.

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    A stockman breaking a horse at the Oenpelli mission, east of Kakadu, during the 1950s

    By the 1920s, their hides were transported on the back of early-model trucks by the Mary River.

    The incredible images of the Top End's hunter frontier history feature on the Northern Territory Facebook page.

    It also features an indigenous stockman breaking a horse during the 1950s and dried fish being transported on a horse-drawn cart in 1914.

    Australia's northern frontier has survived devastating cyclones and World War II bombings, and plenty of beasts.

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    Dried fish caught in the Daly River, southwest of Darwin, is transported on a horse-drawn cart in 1914, during World War I



    Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...tory-s-crocodile-buffalo-hunting-history.html
     
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    @reedy0312 My Pleasure!
     

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    Very interesting. Thanks for this Hoas.
     

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    Cool photos. I always enjoy the historic ones. Thanks for sharing.
     

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    My pleasure sharing guys!!
     

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    Wow! Those crocs must be 15'+ judging from the size of the men!
    Thanks! I like pics of "the way it was". Just wish some things were still that way.
     

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