Weather extremes and working on lock construction.

IB63241_91 Lock 9 slsa Sheahan collectionmagine working in a drained section of riverbed on a day like today almost one hundred years ago. The steam coming off the muddy riverbed and the sheer hard work on an 8 hour shift! No shade, no protective gear, save a pair of rubber boots!! NO air conditioner to look forward to at the end of your shift, not even an icy beer! Home to your tin or canvas abode for some rest if you could get it in the scorching heat.  The attached photo is from TROVE, State Library South Australia Collection, part of the Sheahan Collection. Notation says it was taken at Lock 9. The relative size of the built structures and the miniscule men, help to tell the story.

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