Certificate of Exemption from Dictation Test

Newly painted out in North Perth, Australia is this beautiful mural by Guido van Helten based off of the 'Certificate of Exemption from Dictation Test' immigration document of Afghan Cameleer 'Said Kabool' from 1916. Taken from the City of Vincent's mural directory: "The image was selected in reference to early Muslim immigration to Western Australia dating back to 1850’s and symbolic of an early establishment of Islam in Australia. Afghan Cameleers contributed to early Australian development and economy, linking east and west including the establishment of the Perth Mosque in Northbridge built in 1905. The mural acts as a counterbalance contrary to mainstream media hype towards a negative portrayal of Islam, which resulted in the recent vandalism of Perth mosques. The Cameleers represent an early and diverse portrayal of multicultural diversity and Islam co-existing in Western Australia preceding federation of Australia." For further in depth information on the image referenced and the current situation with Muslim's in Australia head on over to van Helten's page here.

Photo by the artist.