Cane Train


This photograph has enjoyed some prominence as an emblem of the canefields, appearing in the volume of the Bicentennial History dedicated to the sesquicentennary year of 1938, & in Murphy ed `The Big Strikes: Queensland 1889-1965' [where the editor misattributed it to the time of the historic Weill's Disease Dispute, which introduced the practice of burning standing cane as a health and safety measure.] This copy is from the Bortoloso family collection, and FG Fantin wearing his trade mark hat is clearly marked with an arrow. This is the first time that Fantin's presence in this photograph has been noted. All the Fantin sugar industry photographs express pride in workmanship, embodied here in the imposing mass of cut cane.

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