Black and white digital photograph of Mohamed Hassan (second from right), Dr Mohamed El-Erian (far left) and other delegates at the International Interfaith Conference in Bendigo, 1976.

Mohamed Hassan, an Egyptian Muslim, left Egypt with his family for England in 1964. He was studying for a Masters of Textiles Engineering at Leeds University after his graduation in Electrical Engineering at Alexandria University, Egypt. In 1967 with his young family he migrated from England to Sydney. They were the only Muslims living in a British hostel for four months on arrival, having arrived with UK travel documents. Mohamed was a President of the Islamic Council of NSW based at Surrey Hills. Mohamed and his family subsequently settled in Bendigo then Melbourne. He was among the key Muslim participants in interfaith community activities in Victoria. He was particularly interested in the education of Muslim youth, and was a founder and director of the Minaret College during his 25 years of untiring service.

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Four men talking, brick wall in background

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Black and white digital photograph.


Statement of Historical Significance:
Muslims in Australia are an under represented cohort in both the museum's collections and Australian history more broadly. As an-ever growing faith in Australia, it is important to trace the migration and settlement of Muslim Australians across time in order to help provide a historical, social and cultural context for Muslim Australians today. This collection is the key outcome for the collaboration between the Museum and Dr Dzavid Haveric, MV research associate, who has published a seminal history of Muslims in Australia. This collection is the result of his research and community interviews.

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