Australia's Muslim Cameleers

Pioneers of the Inland 1860s-1930s

Past Event: 26 February 2010 to 19 September 2010

Loading camels at Marree, ca. 1901.
Loading camels at Marree, ca. 1901.
Source: State Library of South Australia

Explore the remarkable impact of Australia's Muslim cameleers in transforming central Australia.

This exhibition reveals the remarkable contribution which Australia’s first Muslim community, from Afghanistan and British India, made to the exploration and settlement of Australia’s arid interior.

Cameleers assisted all major expeditions into Australia’s uncharted interior starting with the Burke and Wills expedition in 1860 and have contributed significantly to Australia's economic and cultural development.

These Muslim pioneers provided the lifeblood for many inland settlements, isolated stations and mines, and forged communication routes through remote Australia.

A South Australian Museum travelling exhibition.

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Barbara Podger 22 January, 2011 13:43
I visited The Australia's Muslim Cameleers Exhibition last year and found it very comprehensive and informative. It particularly showed what a large part they had played in the early exploration of Australias inland desert areas, most enjoyable, Thank You.
Discovery Centre 27 January, 2011 10:23

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cameleers travelling exhibition 27 May, 2011 18:00
I am an information officer within the cultural centre of Alice Springs, i have been told about the Immigration Museum - Cameleers travellign exhibition, Could you please tell me if the exhibition is going to Malaysia and what dates.... Thankyou Rachel Thornton
shahand 15 July, 2011 18:44
they played a great role in developing Australia and connected western and eastern ends , so nice of Afghans , thanx
mie 22 December, 2011 19:05
Just to inform that the Australia's Muslim Cameleers is now in Islamic Art Museum Malaysia, it started on 21st October 2011 to 21st January 2012

Image Gallery

Bejah Dervish at Mullewa, WA, 1896 Commonwealth dictation test exemption certificate, 1913 Afghan jacket Pashtun man, Afghanistan, 1919 Unloading camels, Port Augusta, 1890s Mosque at Hergott Springs, 1884 Camel train, 1890s Noel Webb on a camel with newly arrived cameleers, 1897