||On the outskirts of Broken Hill is a building commonly known as the 'Afghan
Mosque'. The camel drivers who built the mosque were actually Indians. They came
from Sindh (now part of Pakistan with Karachi as its capital) and Balochistan (once under
Alexander the Great, and now bordering Iran, Afghanistan and the Sindh province).
Today, the Mosque is maintained by Ralph Wallace, a retired engineer. His
broad knowledge of history and dedication to its preservation.
The alcove points towards Mecca and is adorned by a number of
calligraphic prints and stickers. Decorations have been added by Muslims visiting the
area. It is still used occasionally for prayer on Friday. The current export of wild
goat meat to the Middle East has brought some Halal butchers to Broken Hill.
|Prayer mats have
been left by worshippers in appreciation of the mosque.
On the other side of town, the Jewish Synagogue is preserved. No longer
in use for worship, it is now used for meetings of the Broken Hill historical society. A
different kind of religion.