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The history of blackbirding in Qld

Kate O’Toole, The history of blackbirding in Queensland, ABC News, 21 June 2020

Recent debate in the United States over the legacy of slavery has reignited discussions about Australia’s own dark past.

Starting from the 1860s, tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders were taken to Australia to work on plantations in Queensland, often by force or trickery.

Imelda Miller is the curator of Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies with the Queensland Museum. She explored some of the history of blackbirding in Queensland – and the legacy it has left behind with weekends presenter Kate O’Toole.

Click to listen here.

Duration: 27min 37sec
Broadcast: Sun 21 Jun 2020, 10:00am
Presenter: Kate O’Toole

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