Australia's Muslim Cameleers: Pioneers of the inland 1860s-1930s

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 200 pages
Author: P. Jones & A. Kenny
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781862548725
Other: 2nd ed., b&w & colour photos, maps, bibliog, index
Publisher: Wakefield Press

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: Pioneers of the Inland 1860s-1930s' 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.

Reflecting on Australia's Muslim cameleer heritage
Australia's early Muslim settlements
Who were the cameleers?
To Australia, with camels
 - The idea of camels
 - The first cameleers arrive for the Burke and Wills Expedition, 1860
 - Beltana and Umberatana stations
With the explorers
 - Saleh Mahomed
 - Elder Expedition, 1891-1892
 - Horn Scientific Exploration Expedition, 1894
 - Calvert Expedition, 1896-1897
 - Strzelecki Expedition, 1916
 - Madigan Simpson Desert Expedition, 1939
Working with camels
 - Nose-pegs, hobbles and bells
 - Branding and licensing
 - Saddle-making
 - Pack-saddles
 - Riding saddles
 - Tying on the load
 - Contractors to entrepreneurs
 - Carrying wool
 - Carrying water
 - Stations, townships and mines
 - Other trades: hawkers
 - Other trades: miners
 - Other trades: herbalists
The cameleers and Aboriginal people
Life in camel camps and townships
Pioneers or aliens?
Representation and memory
 - The 'last Afghans'
 - Remembering the cameleers
A biographical listing of Australia's Muslim cameleers

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  • Australia’s Muslim Cameleers

    Posted by Sandra Edlington on 6th Oct 2022

    I have read about a little of over half of the book so far. I have been finding it really interesting and learning about just where the Cameleers came from. Not just Afghanastan as I thought. I was interested to see they came on 2 or 3 year contracts, a lot of the time. Unfortunately the book is a little hard to read where they have printed the photo details on a dark background.. The book is great otherwise.

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