IV-"The Contributor: A Cruise in a Queensland Slaver" - George Morrison - The Leader

IV-"The Contributor: A Cruise in a Queensland Slaver" - George Morrison - The Leader

by: A Medical Student | publication date: November 11, 1882 | Publication: The Leader | pages: 35-36

 We had to land three boys on one of the most dangerous pieces of the island - dangerous by reason of an inherent propensity of the natives to regard a succulent man as the daintiest of luxuries. The recruiter, Bill and the crews were therefore armed to the teeth, and amid a great excitement the boats set off. 

The fourth installment in George Morrison's undercover series "A Cruise in a Queensland Slaver" about the recruitment of Pacific Islanders to work on the region's plantations (also called "blackbirding") for Melbourne paper The Leader. Morrison joined the crew of The Lavinia, a "blackbirder" from June through August, 1882.

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