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Outback Mosque Museum
The Outback Mosque Museum is located in the historic mining town of Broken Hill, on Wilyakali Country, in the Far West of New South Wales.
The mosque was built c. 1891 by the town’s early South-East Asian cameleers as a place of worship for the followers of the Prophet Mohammed. It was located alongside a ‘camel camp’ where many of the cameleers lived, kept their camels and loaded their camel teams.
In 1968 the Broken Hill Historical Society renovated the building in recognition of the unique history of the town’s cameleers. The Mosque and the ‘camel camp’, together with the museum’s artefact collection, highlight the importance of camels and cameleering skills in the outback economy during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Stories of cross-cultural relationships that were formed with local Aboriginal people and European settlers, are also explored in the museum.
Williams Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880