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One of the many staged images of rural life created by the Charles Kerry studio, this photograph had a narrative purpose. It is an image of rural isolation that shows the importance of contact with the outside world.
In late 19th and early 20th century Australia, the postal service was, for many, an essential link between their isolated rural existence and the wider world. As well as an opportunity to receive news from afar, the arrival of the mail on a remote station may have been an important social occasion.
Photography by Kerry & Co. Tyrrell Collection, 85/1284-2926
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