Colour digital image of Salie (Qemal) Bardi and Eljam Bardi in Shepparton, 1983.

The Qemal family are Albanian Muslims settled in Shepparton. Sadet, originally from Macedonia, migrated to Australia in 1950s. Hatem, originally from Albania, came to Australia in 1930s. Sadet was a housewife and Hatem was a farmer. Their daughter, Salie, was born near Shepparton. Her husband is Eljam Bardi, is an imam at the Shepparton mosque. The Qemal family has extended family in east Shepparton and a farm.

Description of Content

Man (standing) and woman (seating).

Physical Description

Colour photograph on paper.


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 to Muslim Australians today. This collection is the key outcome for the Museum of its collaboration with Dr Dzavid Haveric, MV research associate, who is working on a seminal published history of Muslims in Australia. This collection is the result of his research and community interviews, and every story has an accompanying biographical narrative.

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