Editorial: "Melbourne, Friday, 11th May, 1883" - Unsigned - The Age

Editorial: "Melbourne, Friday, 11th May, 1883" - Unsigned - The Age

by: Unsigned | publication date: May 11, 1883 | Publication: The Age | pages: 2

It is much to be regretted that the late Mr. Robert Towns, the well known Sydney merchant, should ever have been induced to bring over South Sea Islanders to work on his newly formed sugar plantation in Queensland. That was the origin of these seas of what is now known as the "labor traffic," which spread with alarming rapidity at first, and was attended in some of its earlier stages, with so many difficulties, dangers and atrocities as to make it a counterpart of the old slave trade. 

An editorial by The Age about the origins of labor recruitment of Pacific Islanders for work on Queensland plantations. It also raises questions about whether or not such recruitment is a sustainable solution to the region's labor shortage.

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