Afghan Cameleers in Australia from 1860-1920

On 7 October, 2015 AIAS with the coordination of ACKU hosted a presentation by Mr. Fahim Hashemy in Afghanistan center in Kabul university about the history of Afghan cameleers in Australia.

Between the mid 1800s and the turn of the nineteenth century more than 3000 men from Afghanistan made the long and harrowing voyage out to Australia to take up work managing the camels shipped along with them. These men and their camel trains were the essential means of transport allowing for the earliest colonial exploration, pastoral and mining developments throughout Outback Australia. Prohibited by Australian Immigration regulations from bringing wives or children, most of these hardy pioneers put in a few years of hard work then returned to their homelands.

About Mr. fahim Hashemy

Fahim Hashimy was born on 1980 in Kabul. At the age of 12 He moved away from Kabul to settle in the western city of Afghanistan, Herat. He finished bachelor of International Studies, Politics and Relationship, University of Adelaide. He also has finished Screen and Media “film and TV production course” from Collage for the ART South Australia.

As well as making dramatic films, documentaries and educational shorts since 2001, Fahim has successfully finished filmmaking training in Iran 2005 and at the German Goethe Institute, Kabul.

Two of his dramatic films (HISS and The Road) have won top awards in Afghanistan and been selected for many national and international film festivals. He was selected for Berlin Talent Compose and at June same year his script selected the top 10 best script out of 330 from all around the world for the Berlin Today Award competition. He traveled to Australia to make an ambitious historical documentary “Afghan Cameleers in Australia from 1860-1920”, completed early 2014.

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