Files, forms and fragments
You don't have to be famous or embroiled in controversy to find your way into the National Archives. The lives of ordinary Muslims are documented through a range of Australian Government records. Trying to build a family or business, arriving in the country or visiting relatives overseas – all generated forms and letters that capture details of the aspirations, achievements and difficulties of Muslims in Australia.
Naik Mahomet wanted to visit India >
Returning: In 1902 Naik Mahomet applied for a Certificate of Domicile that would allow him to re-enter Australia after visiting India.
Sherif Islam was trying to buy a farm >
Becoming Australian: Sherif Islam, an Albanian share farmer living in Queensland, wanted to buy some land. But classified as an 'alien' he was unable to hold property. So in 1939 he applied for naturalisation.
Abdul Hamid wanted to look after his brother's drapery business >
Family reunions: Abdul Aziz Molla wanted to visit India, but could find no-one he trusted to look after his business. In 1912 he applied for permission for his brother to enter Australia temporarily to manage his affairs.
Who was Shadee Khan? >
Glimpses of the life of a camel driver in early 20th-century Australia.