Dickson poppy fields at CSIR Dickson Experimental Station in the Australian Capital Territory. Two Land Army girls (Marge Craig and Lea (Jea?) Stevenson illustrating the height of the poppie
From Shaping Science and Industry - C.B. Schedvin 1987. “By 1943 Australia was more or less self-sufficient in morphine. The ancient method of obtaining opium from the poppy heads could not be used because the procedure was so labour intensive. Instead, morphine was produced from dried poppy heads and poppy hay.” From 75 Years of Australian Science Booklet: “CSIR was involved in the development of a method to estimate the morphine content of the opium poppy. Experimental trials were held in the ACT, Victoria and WA to compare the performance of different variants. The Australian Women’s Land Army grew opium poppies for the war effort
A boy painting zebra lines on a horse.
Part of the Lillian Louisa Pitts collection. Lillian Pitts photographed, processed and printed her photographs from about 1910. The collection is based on her life in the fruit growing and dairying community of Merrigum, a town west of Shepparton, in the Goulburn Valley. Lillian Pitts was born in 1872, she arrived in Merrigum with her family in 1893 and died in 1947.
This is an image was used in a narrative sequence in an album Pitts created. This photographic narrative sequence was published as ‘Tommy Trick’s Adventure’ in the ‘Melbourne Herald’ on 1st January 1924, and constituted Lillian’s entry in the newspaper’s ‘Ideal Holiday Competition’. Lillian did not win a prize with her entry. The photographic narrative was later published as ‘Merrigum Frank’ by Museum Victoria in 1990.