I’ve Been Working On The Railway

National Archives of Australia

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Through the 1950s, 60s and 70s, there were large scale developments of rail infrastructure across Australia. In the hot and dusty inland north, it was a common scene to find Torres Strait Islanders, Australian South Sea Islanders and Aboriginal people working long and hard in the hot sun.

Explore their little known stories, including the camp life, the realities of the work, the hardships, the separation from their land, islands and family and the opportunities and challenges of working on the railway.

Curated and toured by The Workshops Rail Museum, supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

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