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Prayer's and cursers: Moslem's pray Bullocky curse's
(c. 1969)

oil and enamel paint on composition board
46.5 × 91.0 cm
Accession Number
Australian Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria from the Bequest of Violet Dulieu, Founder Benefactor, 1997
© The Estate of Sam Byrne
Gallery location
Not on display
Two different transport methods and two different customs are juxtaposed in this painting. Outback Australia was opened up for exploration and grazing through the camel which was more effective in dry country than in horse or bullock. The camels and their Muslim drivers, termed Afghans, were brought in from the Indian sub continent. The scene is of marginal wool country where bullocks take over transport from camels.