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Plaque in memory of pioneering Afghan Cameleers who indirectly serviced Australia's outback for 50 years. The Standpipe Hotel was originally a watering place for teamsters and camels. Another plaque unveiled on the 14th May 1988, commemorates the re-enactment of the Afghan Cameleers Trek. 

The introduction of camels and the so-called 'Afghan' cameleers proved to be a turning point in the exploration and development of the Australian interior.

For a short period of time from the 1860s to the early 1900s, these cameleers and their 'ships of the desert' became the backbone of the Australian economy. They accompanied exploration parties, carrying supplies and materials where horses and oxen could not. They carted supplies, mail and even water to remote settlements. They transported the supplies, tools and equipment needed for the surveying and construction of some of Australia's earliest, and greatest, infrastructure projects, such as the Overland Telegraph and Trans-Australian Railway.


Address:Daw Street, Standpipe Hotel, Port Augusta West, 5700
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.480614
Long: 137.75091
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Landscape


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 18th May, 1986
Front Inscription

          (Plaque 1)

      In Memory of the
Pioneering Afghan Cameleers
   who indirectly serviced
     Australia’s outback
         for 50 years
    “Praise be to Allah”
Jubilee Year 18 May 1986

          (Plaque 2 ) 

This plaque was erected to
commemorate the re-enactment
of the Afghan Cameleers Trek
       14 May 1988


Source: MA
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