Mungerannie waterhole on the Birdsville track in South Australia. (Image by © John Carnemolla/Corbis)
We return to Australia in this episode, with a look at a man who worked as a policeman but grew into an ethnographer. A member of the South Australian Mounted Police, George “Poddy” Aiston became an advocate for Aboriginal peoples, a fairly accomplished photographer and the owner of a fully-stocked store in the middle of nowhere.
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- Commonwealth of Australia. “Great Artesian Basin.” Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. http://www.environment.gov.au/water/locations/gab/
- Jones, Philip. “Aiston, George (Poddy) (1879–1943).” Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/aiston-george-poddy-9320/text16359
- Jones, Philip. “Images of the Interior: Seven Central Australian Photographers.” Wakefield Press. 2011.
- Lane, Joanne. “The Long Drop: Australia’s Outback Dunnies,” CNN Travel. Sept. 2, 2012. http://travel.cnn.com/sydney/life/long-drop-australias-outback-dunnies-291535.
- New Zealand History Online. “South African War 1899-1902.” http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/south-african-boer-war/introduction
- Please Take Me To. “Birdsville Track Information – Maps, Photos and Things to Do.” http://www.pleasetakemeto.com/australia/birdsville-track/information.
- Smithsonian Magazine “The Loneliest Shop in the World,” June 25, 2012. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/history/2012/06/the-loneliest-shop-in-the-world/
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