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Shooting, not selling feral camels

 

 

Philanthropist organisation's $2m spent on shooting camels on Aboriginal land while locals are clearly making no effort to turn the feral beasts into an income earning venture. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

Gold theft: the demise of a wattle

To improve drainage along almost a kilometre of Colonel Rose Drive all trees and shrubs succumbed to the grader blades. It was land on which had grown some of the most prolific stands of Colony Wattle – now in full golden bloom. On the other side of the road, camels were introduced. They nibble on some bushes but have devastated the wattle. DES NELSON reports.

Kangaroo Dundee diversifying in new BBC series

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Now it's not just roos for "Brolga".

 

Indigenous business shows way to camel profits

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... and in the process shows how to structure human resources in a way Indigenous people find attractive and inspiring, while being commercially sensible. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

A big trek for a big cause

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As the world capital of swags Alice Springs is a fitting place for three people to embark on an epic journey – and so is their mode of transport. They are setting out to raise money for swags to be donated to homeless people around Australia, and they're doing it in a camel wagon. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

 

Peer (Pir) Mohammed: camel entrepreneur between continents

 

 

Tall Tales but True – a series courtesy the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.

 

Like many of the "Afghan” camel men who came to Australia Peer
Mohammed (Mahomet) claims to have fought for the British Army with the
Amir’s contingent during the Boer War.

Peer (at right) left a wife and children behind in
Peshawar, now Pakistan, and married again in Australia. He never saw his
Afghan family again.

He was originally a goldsmith and jeweler before coming to Australia
where he later married Ruby Stuart, the daughter of an Englishman and an
indigenous woman.
Peer Mohammed worked as a camel driver and importer and is recorded as having sold camels to Baricot in Afghanistan in 1902.

In 1882 he bought a string of laden camels through the MacDonnell
Ranges into the tiny settlement of Stuart (now Alice Springs). This was
just a decade after the opening of the Overland Telegraph Line and he
recalled the completed line of wooden poles.

After returning to India for a period he came back to Alice Springs
with his camel team again in 1885 and was shocked to find that
white-ants and fires had taken their toll and the poles were being
replaced by iron ones.

Peer returned to India in 1905 but by 1910 was living at West Camel
Camp in Broken Hill, working as a camel driver for Basha Gul.

He returned to India again and in 1911 was resolutely refused re-entry into Australia; but he came back anyway.

He then operated a small mine at Sliding Rock in the Flinders Ranges,
SA, but this was not as lucrative as he’d anticipated and he turned his
attention back to driving camel teams.

Once motorised transport started to make inroads into servicing the
freight needs of the cattle stations throughout the outback Peer
Mohammed found work carrying railway sleepers for the east-west railways
before finally retiring.
Peer Mohammed died in Port Augusta in 1940 and is reported to have been destitute.

His son Gul (Gool) Muhammed also worked as a cameleer. Gul married
Miriam Khan from Marree and went on to become one of the last cameleers
to operate in the Alice Springs area.

Gul’s son, Sallay (Saleh) married an Australian woman, Iris, and went
on to form a trucking company in Central Australia with his sons John
and Noor.

In 1979 Saleh (at right) delivered four racing camels to King Khalid of Saudi Arabia as a gift from the Australian Government.

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