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An incident on the road, 1890

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3052A/36

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Showing an overturned wagon with boxes scattered across the road and a group of pioneers posing for the camera beside the wreckage. A common enough accident during the trek and probably caused by recalcitrant oxen on the uneven road, ‘Many of the oxen ... began to knock up. As it was most necessary to give them a rest, they had to be replaced with untrained slaughter oxen, and these gave us no end of trouble. Some declined to be inspanned at any price and were constantly breaking away and careering wildly through the bush; others either refused to pull at all or pulled in the wrong direction, while others again would lie down, out of sheer perversity, and stubbornly refuse to get up, though they might be half choking themselves with the yokes', Sir John Willoughby, 'How we occupied Mashonaland', The Fortnightly Review, Apr. 1891, p. 520. Photograph presumably taken between Macloutsie and the Tuli River, between June 25th and July 1st 1890.


  • 1890

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1 photographic print(s) : photograph


199 x 146 mm.


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