The Golden Quest Discovery Trail guidebook provides travellers with an historical account of life in the goldfields. We are delighted to provide the following excerpt for your enjoyment.
Hooshtah! The Afghans and their camels
Between 1860 and the early 1920’s, it’s estimated that some 2,000 Muslim camel-drivers were plying their trade within Australia’s vast interior. Having inherited centuries of experience in their homelands, they were expert in traversing desert terrain by camel. Many came from Afghanistan, others were from what is now Pakistan and some hailed form the Middle East and North Africa. Regardless of where they came from, they were all referred to as Afghans.