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

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

by: A Medical Student | publication date: December 9, 1882 | Publication: The Leader | pages: 35-36

Our voyage was drawing to an end. We left the South-west Bay with 75 on board, we never increased that number. It was a barren, uninteresting coast that we now sailed round, with few inhabitants and these the crankiest. They were so timid that they would not venture out of shelter: a motion as we were looking for a market or a pretense to jump ashore sent them away like wild beasts. 

The eighth and final 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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