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Sheiks, Fakes and Cameleers

Sheiks, Fakes and Cameleers

More than 150 years ago, camels and the men who cared for them were a familiar sight along the tracks connecting Australia's outback to its settler colonies along the coast. Often referred to as 'the Afghan Cameleers', this incredibly diverse community, their stories and nationalities have at times been simplified into 'fake' stereotypes.

The State Library of Western Australia hosts a panel conversation and exhibition exploring the often-misunderstood history of cameleers and their social, cultural, and economic contribution to Western Australia.

Details: Please note that bookings are required for the talk only. 


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    Event Showings

    Exhibition: Mon 1 - Tue 30 Apr
    Mon - Thu: 9am - 8pm
    Fri: 9am - 5:30pm
    Sat - Sun: 10am - 5:30pm

    Talk: Thu 18 Apr | 6:30pm

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    Free event

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    State Library of WA

    Perth Cultural Centre, 25 Francis Street

    Perth WA 6000

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    Accessible toilets

    ACROD Parking

    Wheelchair access