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Headstone on grave, erected by the Menindee Progress Association, commemorates the Afghan camel driver who was on the Burke and Wills expedition. The grave was restored in 2006.
In 1858 the Victorian Exploration Committee requested George Landells, who regularly accompanied exported Australian horses to India, to buy camels and recruit camel drivers on his next visit. Dost Mahomet was a Muslim cameleer who was recruited and arrived in Australia in 1860. Mahomet and three other cameleers set out from Melbourne with the Burke and Wills Expedition.
After returning to Menindee from the Dig Tree in 1862, Dost Mahomet was injured in a camel accident, which resulted in him losing the use of his arm. He was effectively disabled for life at the age of twenty-three. Despite his appeals to the Victorian Government he was awarded only 200 pounds compensation and was never to see his home again. In the aftermath of the expedition when accounts were being settled in Melbourne, Dost Mahomet presented a claim to be paid the same as his European colleagues as had originally been promised. This claim was unsuccessful. He returned to Menindee and worked for some time for William Ah Chung in the bakery. Upon his death in 1881, he was buried outside the town on the spot where he prayed every day. A fence was erected around his grave and in 1952, the Menindee Progress Association erected the headstone.
|Address:||Broken Hill Road, 1 kilometre West, Menindee, 2879|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.381389|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1952|
Burke & Wills Expedition
1860 - 1862
Erected By Menidee & District
Progress Assocation 1952
Central Darling Shire Council 2006