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FAIZ MUHAMMAD or FAIZ JEMADAR MUHAMMAD
see also Faiz Jemadar Muhammad

Origin by Place:Kandahar or Quetta
Origin by Ethnicity:Durrani Afghan
Origin by Religion:Muslim
Birth:1840s
Arrival to Australia:1860s
Visited Homeland:Yes
Australian Descendants:No

Biography

(b. 1846 or 1848, Kandahar, or Quetta in 1844 according to Loois 1988; d. around 1935, India), Durrani Afghan. Camel owner and carrier, jemadar, born to an aristocratic family. Served in the British Artillery transport service. In the Abyssinian War was jemadar in charge of building the telegraph line between Karachi and Baluchistan. Carried out government harbour works in Karachi. Arrived Australia 31 Dec. 1865. Managed Elder Smith and Co.'s camel station in Hergott Springs (Marree), S.A. Carted wool for the Beltana Pastoral Company, S.A., 1880s. Assisted by Thomas Elder to establish Faiz and TAJ MUHAMMAD (younger brother) Forwarding Agents, in 1889; established branches in Coolgardie, Geraldton, Day Dawn and Mullewa, W.A., Jun. 1892. Supplied camels to the Elder Expedition. Held government mail contracts, while based in Cue, W.A., 1894. Brought his son from Karachi to live with him, but not his wife, late 1890s. Petitioned that Muslim religious scholars be allowed to immigrate to Australia to lead the growing Islamic community, 1899. Became a merchant in Perth, W.A., where he lived at 220 Brown St, East Perth. Organised the building of the Perth mosque, 1904. Worked around Mt Magnet, W.A., 1907. Also reported as 'cameleer at Murchison, W.A.' (Barker 1964, p. 100). Retired to India, c. 1930; where he died. His wife, GOUHER TAJ, had always lived in India. Musakhan recalled that 'soon after his departure a friction and disagreement occurred between the Afghan and Indian communities over the management of the Perth mosque' (Australian Dictionary of Biography 10: 378-379; Stevens 1989; Schinasi 1980, p 22; Musakhan 1932, pp. 19-22, 28, 32, 34; Rajkowski 1987, pp. 19, 32-33, 44, 67; Loois 1988).

Employment & Occupation
  • Beltana Pastoral Company, S.A.
  • British Army
  • Camel owner
  • Cameleer
  • Carrier
  • Carrying Business operator
  • Elder, Smith and Co
  • Greengrocer
  • Jemadar
Known Localities in Australia Expeditions References

Loois 1988; Barker 1964, p. 100; Australian Dictionary of Biography 10: 378-379; Stevens 1989; Schinasi 1980, p 22; Musakhan 1932, pp. 19-22, 28, 32, 34; Rajkowski 1987, pp. 19, 32-33, 44, 67; Loois 1988

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