Sunday, 18 December 2011

Australia's Muslim Cameleers

Nearly 150 years ago, Australia gained a small Muslim population when explorers and pastoralists imported camels and their skilled handlers from Afghanistan and British India. The harshness of their lives, the complexity of their relationships and the importance of their faith are encapsulated in this exhibition.

Exhibition: "Pioneers of the Inland, 1860s-1930s"
Dates: 21 Oct 2011 - 21 Jan 2012
Venue: Islamic Arts Museum
Tel: +603-2274 2020
Fax: +603-2274 0529


Organised by:
Australia-Malaysia Institute
Kementerian Penerangan Komunikasi Kebudayaan
Australian High Commission
Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The exhibition catalogue of this exhibition is available at the Museum Shop for MYR136.00

Title: Australia’s Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the inland, 1860s-1930s
Authors: Philip Jones and Anna Kenny

Summary: Between 1870 and 1920 as many as 2000 cameleers and 20,000 camels arrived in Australia from Afghanistan and northern India. Australia’s Muslim Cameleers is a rich pictorial history of these men, their way of life and the vital role they played in pioneering transport and communication routes across outback Australia’s vast expanses. Many of the images and artefacts in this fascinating account are published here for the first time, and the book contains a biographical listing of more than 1200 cameleers.

‘A scholarly evaluation of the contribution made by the cameleers between their arrival in the 1860s and their virtual disappearance in the 1930s.’ - Media/Culture Reviews


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