Australia’s Muslim Cameleers
resource list

Resources available from the Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre

Camels and Muslim cameleers in Australian history

Brasch, Nicolas (2008) From the Middle East and Africa. Heinemann Library, Port Melbourne. (Story of Migration to Australia series.) Middle years

Brian, Janeen (2005) Hoosh! Camels in Australia. ABC Books, Sydney.
Information book, Middle years

Cleland, Bilal (2002) The Muslims in Australia: a brief history. Islamic Council of Victoria, Melbourne.

Harvey, Roland (1997) Burke and Wills. Scholastic, Gosford, NSW. Early/Middle years

Hassam, Eeqbal and Cole-Adams, Jennet (2010) Learning from one another: bringing Muslim perspectives into Australian schools. Australian Curriculum Studies Association, Deakin West, ACT. Has learning sequence for middle primary on the Afghan cameleers.

Jones, Mary Lucille (ed.) (1993) An Australian pilgrimage: Muslims in Australia from the seventeenth century to the present. Law Printer, Melbourne.

Lavelle, Karen (1990) Hoosta! The story of camels in Australia. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Sydney. Middle years

Wright, Catherine (1988) On the camel track. CDC, Canberra. Middle years

Afghanistan today

Johnson, Chris (2004) Afghanistan. 2nd ed. Oxfam, London. (Oxfam Country profile.)

Kazem, Halima (2003) Afghanistan. Times, Singapore. (Countries of the world series)

Van Der Gaag, Nikki (2007) Afghanistan. Wayland, Hove. (World in focus series)

Walsh, Kieran (2004) Afghanistan. Rourke, Vero Beach, Fla. (Countries in the news series).

Whitehead, Kim (2005) Afghanistan. Mason Crest, Broomall, Pa. (The growth and influence of Islam series) Middle/Later years


Barnes, Julia (2006) Camels and llamas at work. Gareth Stevens Publishing, Milwaukee, Wi. Middle years

Scott, Janine (2005) The Salt Caravan. Pearson, Port Melbourne. Rabbedu, a young boy from Niger, treks with camels across the dry desert of Niger. Early/Middle years

Picture books, young adult and junior fiction and personal stories

Bertini, Jo (1996) A man and his camel. UQP, St Lucia, Qld. An old man searches for his camel along the Silk Road. Picture book.

Costain, Meredith (2003) Diary of John King. Reed, Port Melbourne. Fictionalised diary of John King, who survived the Burke and Wills expedition. In reader format, years 3-4.

Hawke, Rosanne (2003) Borderland. Lothian, Port Melbourne. A trilogy of novels for young adults set in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Northern Australia: Jihad, Re-entry and Cameleer.

Hawke, Rosanne (2004) Soraya the storyteller. Lothian, Port Melbourne. Soraya is a young storyteller. The stories of Afghanistan keep her memories alive as she starts life under the shadow of a temporary detention visa. Junior fiction.

Hawke, Rosanne (2006) Mustara. Lothian, Port Melbourne. Set in 1875, ‘Mustara’ is the story of Taj and his camel, Mustara, and how they long to join the explorers. Picture book.
Notes for all Rosanne Hawke books available at:

Krebs, Laurie and Cann, Helen (2005) We’re riding on a caravan: an adventure on the Silk Road. Barefoot Books, Bath. Travel the Silk Road with a family of silk traders. Picture book.

Lofthouse, Liz (2007) Ziba came on a boat, Penguin, Camberwell.
The author was inspired by stories told to her by people from the Hazara community in Australia who are refugees from Afghanistan. Ziba is a story of a young girl and her mother escaping by boat to Australia. Picture book.

Mason, Prue (2004) Camel Rider. Penguin, Ringwood, Vic. Adam and his family live in a compound for foreigners in the Middle East. When war breaks out, he runs away and meets Walid, a camel rider. Junior fiction.

Mazari, Najaf and Robert Hillman (2008) The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif. Insight, Elsternwick, Vic. Traces the story of Najaf, an Afghani refugee from Afghanistan to South Yarra. Middle/later years.

Murray, Kirsty (2008) The red camel. National Museum of Australia Press, Canberra. (Making tracks series) Inspired by objects in the collection of the National Museum, the stories in this series take young readers on a fictional journey through Australian history. Interactive website at:

Sunderland, A. (2006) Refugee: the diary of Ali Ismail: Woomera, 2001-2002. Scholastic Australia, Lindfield, NSW. From “My Australian Story” series, this book tells the story of a refugee fleeing persecution in Afghanistan. Middle years.

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