The Broken Hill Mosque is one of the most intriguing heritage sites in Broken Hill. Built in 1887, it’s now the only surviving mosque built by cameleers in Australia.
The Afghan Cameleers played such a critical role in the history of the Australian Outback and the Mosque tells their story, as well as the story of this fascinating building.
Rescued by the Broken Hill Historical Society in 1967, it was re-dedicated as a place of worship by visiting clerics and opened as a museum in 1968. Access is by appointment or during special open days, (currently Sundays between 2-4pm).
The opportunity to talk with curator and caretaker, Bobby Shamroze on a tour of the Mosque is a very special experience as Bobby’s personal history is closely associated with the cameleers and the Mosque. Bobby’s father was Shamroze Khan and his grandfather was Fazulla Ziadulla. They were both camel drivers in the Broken Hill area and his father was also a camel dealer in the Port Augusta area and delivered camels to Broken Hill. Both Bobby’s father and grandfather prayed at the Mosque.
The extra effort required to visit is more than worth it. Bobby’s personal stories combined with the range of surviving memorabilia and the intact Prayer Room combines to give a rare insight into one of the most important and often overlooked aspects to the early Outback life.
There is a wide range of objects on display at the museum and a number of them have high significance. The following objects are both significant and relate to the main stories told at the museum.
Water Carrier & Saddle
Used by the cameleers in their work of transporting this most vital of resources to Broken Hill. Imagine the relief of the community in the late 1880s when fresh water supplies arrived, particularly during a period of drought.
Once used for firewood, the Afghan Wagons were as important as the beasts and drivers themselves in getting supplies in and out of the harsh Australian Outback. This wagon would be drawn by as many as 16 camels.
$ Gold coin
A Cnr Williams & Buck Sts
P 08 8088 3187
Sun 2pm-4pm & by appointment