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The Merchant and the Mosque

Faiz Mahomet and the Muslim Community in Early 20th-century Perth

Hear respected historian Dr Criena Fitzgerald discuss the fascinating story of Faiz Mahomet, who with his brother Tagh brought camels to the goldfields.

Faiz quickly became a wealthy merchant owning land and property from Geraldton to Coolgardie and Perth. He established mosques wherever he had businesses, in Geraldton, Leonora, Coolgardie and Cue, and used his goldfields connections to gather donations for the Perth mosque.

He was never granted British citizenship, despite having worked for the British army in India and helping to open up the goldfields by supplying transport. The death of his brother Tagh in the Coolgardie mosque in 1898 marked the decline of his business enterprise. 

Dr Fitzgerald draws on her research in the National Archives to recount a tale of murder, betrayal and faith.
This talk between 11am and 12pm will be Auslan interpreted.

Before or after the talk, view the exhibition Lasting Impressions: love, family and the White Australia Policy.

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    Saturday April 9 Talk at 11am, view the exhibition between 10am - 3pm.

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    Free Ticketed event

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    National Archives of Western Australia, Ground Floor, 45 Francis St

    Perth WA 6000

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    Auslan Interpreting

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