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Snapshot - Mahomets Humpy

Published on Tuesday, 22 September 2020 at 9:58:04 AM

Mahomet Humpy by Neville Thompson

Before Mahomets Flats was transformed from pure white sand shifting dunes into a southern suburb of Geraldton, several aged men resided there in humpies they built from reclaimed scrap materials. This view c1945 shows one of the humpies nestled against some of the sparse windblown trees which grew on the town side of the flats, well away from the drifting dunes. Obtaining fresh water was no problem for these itinerants as nearby there was a large flat area where fresh water seeped through the sand at a depth of just 30cm.

Image courtesy of the Geraldton Historical Society, caption by Neville Thompson.

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Mahmomet Humpy

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