Natives Help Workmen Build Camp
From A Staff Representative QUORN, May 19
The 120 natives who arrived from Ooldea on Tuesday night to take part in the film "Bitter Springs"
are still quartered in buildings at the Quorn Oval pending the preparation of their camp at Warren's Gorge. A dozen of them spent today at the gorge helping workmen engaged by the local district council to erect tents. The natives will move to their new quarters tomorrow. Today the deputy director of the SA Tourist Bureau (Mr Ashton) and Mr. O'Keefe, an officer of the Aborigines Department, arrived from Adelaide to see the natives settled in at their camp and to discuss with the director of the film (Mr. Ralph Smart) and the production manager (Mr. J. Rix) a request for another 40 aboriginal men. If it is decided to provide the extra natives, they may come from the Marree area. Aborigines not required for today's working party at the gorge found various ways of amusing themselves. Many of the younger men organised a hunting party. Armed with spears and woomeras, they went into the hills on a fruitless search for euros. Most of the women and children made a wide-eyed window shopping tour of the town. Mr. H. E. Reichenbach, a Victorian farmer, went to Ooldea specially to accompany the natives on this trip as camp cook. The natives are having meat three times a day—a luxury for them.