Picture Gallery

Illustrations are arranged by chapter. To find an illustration mentioned in any chapter of the text, scroll down to that chapter number in this gallery.

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Sam Hazlett - silhouette leaving Laverton ii.JPG

Chapter 1

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The overlander. Sam Hazlett in 1901.

Image: Allan Laver

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Chapter 2

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The young prospector. The earliest photo we have of Sam. Undated.

Image: Allan Laver

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Sam’s signature at age 23 on a document from 1895 in the McKeague family papers.

Image: Ann McKeague

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Chapter 4

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At Craigmore. The two riders at the left are Sam Hazlett on the grey horse and his sister Annie riding side-saddle on the black horse. Undated.

Image: Ann McKeague

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PG Sam's Home at Eurunderee.JPG

Sam’s home at “Willow Vale,” Eurunderee, in the 1920s.

Image: Geoff Wells

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PG Sam's farm at Eurunderee and Mt Buckaroo.JPG

Looking towards Mt Buckaroo from a hill behind “Willow Vale’s” orchards and vineyards. 1920s.

Image: Geoff Wells

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PG Sam's vineyard at Eurunderee - Jack's pic.JPG

Sam with some of his children in his “Willow Vale” vineyard. Photo taken by Jack McKeague, circa 1922.

Image: Irene Beckham

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PG Sam's family with Ruth at Eurunderee.JPG

Sam’s family at “Willow Vale.” Standing L to R: Peggy (Margaret), Nina, Billie (Irene), Ruth McKeague (Sam’s niece), Sam. Seated L to R: Bubs (Nina May), Jim, Jean, Chub (Sam Jr). Though he looks tiny, Chub had by this time left school and was a working man. Circa 1922.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 5

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Sam and Nina on a camel at Madura during their trip across the Nullarbor in 1929

Image: Geoff Wells

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Sam Hazlett Jr known as Chub.JPG

Chub aged 19, photographed by “Truth” (W.A.) in 1930.

Image: SLWA

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“Goonji” (“Four Eyes”). Sam Hazlett in 1930 photographed by “Truth” (W.A.)

Image: SLWA

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Sam Sr watering his camels at a gnamma hole in the Warburton Ranges. This particular hole was only 46 centimetres deep but could not be bailed dry. The water was too hot to drink and was let stand in the trough to cool. Undated.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 6

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Harry Lasseter, the prospector who became a legend. This photo was provided to the press by his wife Irene in the 1930s and is widely available.

Image: sourced from internet

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Paul Johns, the young German who accompanied Lasseter on his camel trip, photographed in the Northern Territory. Johns later returned to Hitler’s Germany.

Image: “Border Watch” (Mount Gambier, S.A.) December 13, 1932

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PG Gold in Quartz.JPG

Specimen of gold knapped from a quartz reef. This is what Sam Hazlett and Harry Lasseter were seeking, an outcropping reef of quartz, stretching for miles across the desert, bearing rich veins of gold!

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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Chapter 8

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The Hazlett party’s camel team in desert country north-east of Laverton in 1930

Image: SLWA

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Another photo of Sam’s camels in the desert. This and the previous photo were taken by the Cable expedition which met up with Sam on his road in 1930.

Image: SLWA

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Olof (“Bill”) Johanson, who may have discovered the same reef sought by Lasseter. Photo taken in Adelaide, 1918.

Image: Chris Clark

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Chapter 10

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Preparations for the Lugg expedition to Livesey Range. Sam Hazlett (left) and Richard Lugg stand by the motor vehicle while an Afghan and an Aborigine prepare packs for loading the camels.

Image: “Sunday Times” (Perth), December 11, 1932

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PG Errol Coote with Sam's dray.JPG

Errol Coote in 1932 inspecting the camel dray with a collapsed wheel abandoned by Sam Hazlett in the desert in 1931.

Image: Mitchell Library, SLNSW

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PG Hazlett Well - Coote.JPG

Warburton Range Aborigines bailing water from Hazlett’s Well for Errol Coote’s 1932 expedition.

Image: illustration from “Hell’s Airport” by Errol Coote, 1934

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Chapter 11

PG Paddy Whelan after rescue.JPG

A happy Paddy Whelan just rescued from the desert clay pan.

Image: SLWA

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Chapter 12

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Sam’s camels loaded and ready to leave. Undated.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Sam and his monster camel. Undated.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 13

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The spear wound scars on Sam’s back photographed by “Truth” (W.A.) in 1930.

Image: SLWA

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Typical press story about Sam in an unknown newspaper from 1941. The illustration captioned “Sam Hazlett on the Sunrise Trail” actually shows Sam with his two quiet riding camels, Bonny and Tommy, on a Perth beach.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Magazine illustration for John Drayton’s story of Sam’s spearing. Drayton was a W.A. goldfields newspaper editor who was famously imprisoned for a time in 1904 under parliamentary privilege provisions.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Illustration for the spearing story in “Truth” (W.A.) June 22, 1930.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 16

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Peggy’s visit to Perth in 1938. Taken at Bayswater railway station the photo shows at the rear, L to R: Billie, Bubs, Jean, Tom Maddaford, and Nina. In front are Peggy’s two children, Margaret and Geoff Wells. Evidently Peggy was the photographer.

(February 20, 2017 correction: information from Lyn Moffat indicates the man in the back row is not Tom Maddaford but Fred Hughes)

Image: Geoff Wells

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PG Chub returning to Laverton.JPG

Chub on the lead camel as the Hazlett camel train returns to Laverton.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 17

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The Hazletts arrive back at Skull Creek, Laverton. Photo taken by Mrs Mary Atkinson, probably 1935.

Image: Dawn Merrall

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Chapter 18

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Stan Hummerston (squatting) allegedly at the moment he dug up the sauce bottle said to contain gold specimens and a map drawn by Harry Lasseter. This was one of the photos used to promote the Cutlack-Hummerston financial swindle.

Image: “The Mail” (Adelaide), February 15, 1936

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Chapter 21

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Rock inscription in the Great Victoria Desert. The initials “S.H.” made by Sam can be seen on the lower part of the rock. Someone, probably a desert Aborigine, has later tried to copy the inscription on the rock above, childishly reversing the curves of the “S.”

Image: sourced from internet, photographer unknown

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PG Sam on camel at Wanneroo.JPG

Sam and camel photographed in front of Pearsall’s Garage, Wanneroo, circa January, 1937.

Image: Carol Leigh, Wanneroo Regional Museum

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Letter from Claremont Speedways, January 1937

Image: Geoff Wells

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Advertisement for Sam’s appearance at the Claremont Speedway, January 1937

Image: “Daily News” (Perth), January 15, 1937

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PG Jim Hazlett at 16.JPG

Jim Hazlett, aged 16

Image: Geoff Wells

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Letter from Fremantle Council concerning camel rides on beach.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 22

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Small but full of fire, this opal was given by Sam to his nephew, Jack McKeague

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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 PG Wolfram Don camera 2.JPG

Wolfram on quartz. Chub thought the Hazletts may have discovered wolfram near Gill Pinnacle (see Map 5B). Later Chub spent a year tributing, mining wolfram in the Northern Territory, before he moved to Palm Springs in the Halls Creek area where he lived for many years.

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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PG Scheelite.JPG

Scheelite, an ore of wolfram. Needed for the war effort, wolfram and scheelite reached very high prices by the 1940s.

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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PG Agates.JPG

Australian agates. Above are three prospector’s specimens as found and cracked open. Below are two stones which have been tumbled and polished.

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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PG A.O. Neville photo near Burtville.JPG

Photo taken by Mr A.O. Neville, Commissioner of Native Affairs, at his meeting with the Hazletts in July 1937 near Burtville. L to R: Jim Hazlett, Sam Hazlett Sr, and C. Taylor (an Inspector of the Department of Native Affairs).

Image: “The West Australian,” May 31, 1938

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Sam and Nina Hazlett in 1938.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 23

PG Chub in middle age.JPG

Chub in later life. Undated.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Last photo of Sam and Nina, taken during Sam’s illness in February 1942.

Image: Geoff Wells

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Chapter 25

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Early drawing of Gill Pinnacle.

Image: illustration from “Australia Twice Traversed” by Ernest Giles, 1889

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Modern photograph of Gill Pinnacle.

Image: sourced from internet, photographer unknown

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Lasseter file - Women in sunbonnets from Dickens' illustrator, Phiz.JPG

Women in sunbonnets from an illustration in “Dombey and Son.” According to Lasseter, the hills he called “The Three Sisters” looked like these women.

Image: “Dombey and Son” by Charles Dickens, illustrations by “Phiz,” 1846-48.

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More curious letters from the Hazlett papers

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Letter to Peggy from writer Frank Clune seeking information

Image: Geoff Wells

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Letter to Peggy with Clune’s suggestion that Nina should write her memoirs.

Image: Geoff Wells

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PG letter Idriess Dec 1948 ii.JPG

Letter from publishers Angus and Robertson to Geoff Wells, who had enquired whether Ion Idriess could write a biography of Sam Hazlett.

Image: Geoff Wells

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PG letter Sam's mother on deathbed ii.JPG

What mother today would write a letter like this to her son? This letter, written by Sam’s mother on her deathbed, was carefully preserved by Sam for the rest of his life. The bush women of Sam’s time lived incredibly hard lives, often with their menfolk away for months or even years at a time. They were sustained by hard work and a powerful religious faith. The letter reads:

Craigmore,

Oct 3rd. 1901

My Dear Son Samuel Hill

Just a few lines to say that I do not expect to get better. I wish you to lead a good life  Always keep in good Christian company never take God holy name in vain and keep the Sabbath day as well as you can. Try and walk in the narrow path of life Close to the Saviour Pray to God night and morning  Keep close to Jesus and he will carry you through Try and live so that I will meet you in Heaven I hope I will meet you all there.

My trust is in Heavenly Father and Christ my Saviour.

Don’t grieve for me as I will only be gone before you.

May God bless and keep you

Good bye.

Your affectionate

Mother.

Margaret Hazlett

Pinned at the bottom is a note written by Sam’s sister Annie, saying:

The writing is not good as Mamma was to [sic] ill to write properly  A.H.

(Sam’s mother, Margaret Hazlett, died on October 13, 1901.)

Image: Geoff Wells

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and finally …

Sam Hazlett - Jim with Camel i.JPG

The author, Jim McKeague, always seeking information on Sam Hazlett and Harry Lasseter’s travels, consults a resident of the Central Deserts.

Image: photo by Don McKeague

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Copyright 2015 Jim McKeague

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