UPDATE OF EVENTS
As one of the leading experts in the field, Pamela Rajkowski was asked by BBC TV London to present on " Jimmy's Australian Food Adventure" . Pamela cooked a traditional Afghan Cameleers meal and presented in the traditional way the cameleers would have eaten after returning from a long trek. . Here are some photos from Pamela's personal collection, Pamela talking to Jimmy and making Johnny cakes. If you click on the 21 min mark, you will see the Afghan Cameleers segment.
Pamela is sharing her new research on the Afghan Cameleer herbalists of Australia, starting with creating a historical walk featuring the Afghan herbalists of Adelaide. The walk relives Afghan cameleers’ lives, their dwellings and workplaces, discover personalities, their Adelaide to outback links and their achievements. The walk includes the premises of the famous herbalist Mahomet Allum and Afghan herbalists of Gouger Street., views cottages of Adelaide Afghan cameleers' community and Afghan cameleers’ Whitmore Square memorial . The walk concludes at the Afghan section of the West Terrace Cemetery.
IN THE TRACKS OF THE CAMELMEN
the first book to trace the history of the Afghan and Indian camel drivers in Australia. It paints a vivid picture of the camelmen, their families and communities, their way of life and, of course, their camels. And it records their crucial contribution to the opening up of this continent and to Australia’s growth, development and prosperity.
Outback Australia has always proved both a temptation and a threat to settlers. Since the mid 1800’s when explorers first penetrated its vastness, the harsh climate has claimed the lives of both people and livestock. Far from established towns, the early settlers, graziers, pastoralists and miners had to rely on supplies transported over great distances. Those courageous enough to venture into Australia’s isolated interior found that the animals traditionally used to carrying horses, donkeys and bullocks-were unable to survive such arid conditions.