Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Noel Fullerton's Camels

Noel Fullerton was born in 1934 in Adelong, Australia. He met Isobel, his wife, in kindergarten and remained together, marrying at 16 years of age. 
The father of eight children,the grandfather of 32 and great grandfather to 7 children, he is seen as the patriarch of the Fullerton family. 
His interest in camels began after moving to the Northern Territory in the early 60s and being introduced to Sallay Mahommod, one of the only surviving camel workers at the time. The first ever camel race in Alice Springs was held along the Todd River with Noel pitted against Kurt Posel.
Needless to say, Noel lost,and he's been making up for it ever since. Noel has contributed to all previous Camel Cups, his camels only losing on a handful of occasions. He owned some of the fastest camels in Australia, holding many of the nation's records. Including 42mph clocked by Marindy Mick and a time of 27 seconds for 400 metres run by Sweet Alice in 1984. 
Noel is seen as the grandfather of the camel industry in Australia. He is now a legendary figure, a "Camel Man", whose knowledge of camels and expertise with them, made the Lions Clubs of Alice Springs Camel Cup the premier event of camel racing.

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