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Dervish Bejah

Birthplace: Balochistan, Pakistan
Death: May 06, 1957 (94-95)
Port Augusta, Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, Australia
Immediate Family:

Husband of Amelia Jane Bejah
Father of Private

Occupation: operated his camel transport business
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About Dervish Bejah

Dervish Bejah Jakhrani Baloch (c. 1862 – 1957), also known as Dervish, was an Australian camel driver who had a significant role in the exploration and development of inland Australia.

  • 1896:In 1896 Bejah was engaged by Lawrence Wells to manage the camels used for transport on the ill-fated Calvert Scientific Exploring Expedition to the Great Sandy Desert of north-central Western Australia.
  • 1902:In 1902 he settled in Marree, South Australia, where he bought land and from where he operated his camel transport business.
  • 1909:On 15 December 1909 he married Amelia Jane Shaw, a widow with whom he had a son, Abdul Jubbar (Jack).


One of SA's few surviving Indian camel drivers, Bejah Dervish, who is not sure just how old he is, has come to Adelaide to spend a month's holiday with his granddaughter (Mrs. P. Zanka) at her home in Puller street, Walkerville. Turbaned, white bearded Bejah has an engraved brass compass to prove that he was a member of the illfated Calvert expedition in WA in 1896. He was one of the few survivors. 'I think I land at Fremantle six years before then and I was about 30 old when I come to Australia. That would make me at least 94 now, but I think I'm older than that. "I don't feel that old though," he added with a laugh. Bejah found it hard to reckon up his descendants. He lost track of great grandchildren when they reached 27. Bejah. who was a great camel man in earlier days, is now on the old-age pension and lives with members of his family at Marree. His hobby is breeding date palms.

PICTURESQUE CAMEL DRIVER VISITS CITY (1954, December 2). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 55. Retrieved August 15, 2018, from

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Dervish Bejah's Timeline

Balochistan, Pakistan
May 6, 1957
Age 95
Port Augusta, Port Augusta City Council, South Australia, Australia