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ASIAN LABOUR IN QUEENSLAND. - Seven parliamentary papers relating to the introduction of Chinese or 'Coolie' labourers from India: Asiatic Labour ... 1861; [with] Asiatic Labour (Despatches relative to.) ... 1861; [with] Coolie Immigration (petition in favor of.) ... 1861; [with] Chinese and Coolie Immigration ... Petition ... 1862; [with] Immigration of Chinese and Indian Coolies ... 1875; with Correspondence respecting Proposed Introduction of Labourers from British India ... 1884; [with] Labourers from British India (Further correspondence ...) ... 1884.

Brisbane, Govt printers 1861 - 84. Foolscap, stitched, stapled or loose as issued. 4pp on three leaves; 15pp; 1pp; 1pp; 17pp; 16pp; 4pp. ¶ Almost 60 foolscap pages of depressing reading as the landowners of Queensland seek to introduce the cheapest possible labour while the rest of white Queensland seeks to keep them out. Just by the way, was it cheaper to buy and keep a slave or import indentured labour? A good field hand in antebellum America was a serious investment. By the 1880s it becomes apparent that Queensland governments seek not to offend powerful landowners or risk the outrage of an electorate confronted with unwhite immigrants; they are busy sidestepping. The early petitions make the point that it would be "unjust, even if it were practicable" for any Anglo-Saxon to "perform field labour under a tropical sun" while a thriving Queensland cotton industry stocked with Coolies would go a long way toward the abolition of slavery elsewhere.
AUD 450.00 [Appr.: EURO 275 US$ 331.68 | £UK 247.5 | JP¥ 34659] Book number 10721

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