On Friday 26th February, the exhibition Australia’s Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the Inland 1860s - 1930s opened to the public at the Immigration Museum. To celebrate, a train of two camels, Jake and April, paraded over the bridges of Southbank this morning much to the delight of city visitors.
The exhibition is touring from the South Australian Museum and tells the little-known story of Australia’s first Muslims who, along with 20,000 camels, arrived in Australia during the period from 1860 to 1920. The Cameleers assisted with exploration (including the ill-fated Burke and Wills Expedition), the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line, and played a vital role in connecting outback towns and outposts to the outside world. Today many of the camel routes are major roads.
Australia’s Muslim Cameleers is showing at the Immigration Museum until 19 September 2010.