Historical information

This photograph shows the relationship between farmer and his working animal, which would be a close one. The farmer depended on reliable and strong animals to allow him to work efficiently. The close relationship is indicated by the photograph's title being the name of the horse 'Duke'.


This photograph of man, horse and plough shows the typical farming method used by early settlers in Victoria in the 19th and early 20th century. The photograph is an indication of the respect the farmer had for his working animals.

Physical description

Photograph, black and white, behind glass in timber frame with gilt inner border. Subject is working horse pulling a wooden plough, guided by a man. There is turned soil behind the horse. The name "Duke" is in gold paint script below the photograph.

Inscriptions & markings

Script "Duke"