Photograph 8275579
An advertisement in a Brisbane newspaper read "Cowboy Wanted", and young Welsh seaman Ron Ball had an ambition to be a cowboy in Australia. So Ron left his ship, applied for the job in Charters Towers, a provincial town in QLD, and found himself milking cows. Ron found out the hard way that the Australian "cowboy" rides under the name Stockman or Drover. Today, at 33, he is the officer in charge of Beatrice Hills Animal Husbandry Research Station, 50 miles south of Darwin, NT. Ron Ball takes particular care of the 18 months old Banteng Bull in this pen. Banteng cattle, originally from Bali, have roamed the rugged Coburg Peninsula for 150 years. They were used by a British Army Post at Point Victoria before it was disbanded and the cattle turned out into the bush. Banteng cattle are noted for their economical digestive system

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A12111, 1/1963/10/5
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