Afghan Cameleers Exhibition
West Terrace Cemetery
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
The ‘Afghan’ Cameleers Exhibition opening on Saturday was a huge success, with very healthy attendance and lots of positive feedback received.
The event also proved to be an emotional time for relatives attending, with some discovering for the first time that they were descendants of the original cameleers. With over 130 people showing up to the event it was an opportunity for many to see West Terrace Cemetery for the first time and understand its links with our other three cemeteries while sharing a valuable cultural experience.
The day began with a welcome to country by the CEO of Adelaide Cemeteries Authority Robert Pitt. Following this, author and researcher Pamela Rajkowski OAM introduced the event with a brief history of the ‘Afghan’ Cameleers and their significance and connection with West Adelaide, specifically our West Terrace Cemetery.
Pamela then introduced the descendants who came to the event with a brief history of which Cameleer they were linked to. This was a deeply emotional time, especially as one descendant spoke about her family and the importance of having such an event to maintain the history and keep the stories alive.
The Exhibition itself was officially opened at 12.30pm when descendant Lil Hassan cut the ribbon in front of the West Terrace Curators Cottage. Following the viewing of the Exhibition, Pamela invited attendees to tour the Afghan Section of West Terrace Cemetery, with the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority’s multi-lingual Marketing Consultant Mohsen Nazari translating the words on the remaining monuments.
The Afghan Cameleers Exhibition will continue to be open every Sunday 11:30AM - 2:30PM till the end of October. The Exhibition is free and open for all.
To view the gallery of the opening ceremony please click here