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Australia's Muslim Cameleers

Pioneers of the inland 1860s-1930s

Philip Jones, Anna Kenny

Australia's Muslim Cameleers
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.

Praise for Australia's Muslim 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

Philip Jones is an author and historian based at the South Australian Museum, where he undertakes research on Aboriginal art, history and material culture, and on anthropological, photographic and expeditionary history. He has undertaken fieldwork with Aboriginal people in the Simpson Desert region and, more recently, with Warlpiri people of Yuendumu. His landmark book, Ochre and Rust: Artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers, won the 2008 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction. He has an abiding interest in unlocking the histories of objects and their collectors.
Category History
Format Paperback
Size 285 x 215 mm
ISBN 9781862548725
Extent 200 pages
Price: AU$39.95 including GST
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