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

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

by: A Medical Student | publication date: October 21, 1882 | Publication: The Leader | pages: 36

"I have shipped as an ordinary seaman, and I am off to see the way in which the labor trade of Queensland is recruited. . ."

The first installment in George Morrison's undercover series "A Cruise in a Queensland" 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 and his series appeared weekly from October 21st to December 9th. He undertook the assignment after taking a leave from medical school, thus his articles are signed "By a Medical Student."

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