On a small street in the south-west of Adelaide’s CBD sits a blue stone building built in 1889. It’s one of 340 mosques in Australia and is one of the oldest purpose-built mosques in the western world. But what do we actually know about the history of mosques in Australia?
The first mosque in Australia was built in the South Australian town of Marree in 1861 by Muslim cameleers.
“They built that mosque as a transit point really,” says Professor Mohamad Abdulla from the University of South Australia.
“But the interesting thing is that wherever they went they tried to build a mosque.”
The mosque fell out of use and was abandoned, but a replica was rebuilt in 2003.