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Sites of the Battle of Broken Hill. NSW

The Battle of Broken Hill was a mass killing which took place near Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia on January 1, 1915. Two men shot dead four people and wounded seven more, before being killed by police and military officers. While the attack was politically inspired, as declared by the perpetrators in notes, the men were not members of any sanctioned armed force. Since, at that time, Australia was preparing to attack the Ottoman Empire, they were first speculated to be Turkish, but were later identified as being Muslims from the British colony of India

The attackers were both former camel-drivers working at Broken Hill. They were Badsha Mahommed Gool (born approx 1874 [3]), an ice-cream vendor and Mullah Abdullah (born approx 1854 [4]), a local imam and halal butcher.


Gool's ice-cream cart was well-known in town and was used to transport the men to the attack site. They also fashioned a home-made Ottoman flag which they flew. There appears to have been little effort at hiding their identities.

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Taken on March 19, 2009