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HIS 9 - Making a Nation: Non European contribution
Afghans As European settlement moved further west beyond Bourke it became clear that horses would not provide a sustainable mode of transport.
Afghan Cameleers at Bourke, c.1890. Courtesy Collection: Powerhouse Museum
The solution was to import camels. Afghan cameleers were recruited to Australia to handle the camels. The introduction of camels and Afghan cameleers proved to be a turning point in the exploration and development of the Australian interior.