Today we meet Marcus Williams. As a 15 year old, Marcus left inner city Fitroy looking for adventure. We travel with him to Broome in the early 1980s where a chance encounter shaped the direction of his life.
Camels got under his skin.
We follow Marcus as he finds a mentor, learns about caring for camels in one of the first tourist businesses in Broome and experiences another side of life in the pearl industry, and discover what then drew him to Central Australia.
This is the first of a two-part Centralian Yarn, and we hope you enjoy it!
Broadcast: Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 5.30pm on 8CCC Community Radio 102.1FM
Repeated: Following Friday at 9am and Sunday at 5.00pm
Producer: Joy Taylor
A brief history of camels in Australia http://www.camelsaust.com.au/history.htm
A history of the Afghan Cameleers http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/afghan-cameleers
Feral Camel Management Project http://www.feralcamels.com.au
Pyndan Camel Tracks http://www.cameltracks.com/index.html
A brief history of Broome http://www.broome.com.au/BroomeHistory.htm