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A cruize [sic] in a Queensland labour vessel to the South Seas

Giles, Ernest


The narrative of W. E. Giles is the fullest and least biased account of a voyage in a labour recruiting vessel which is known to exist. The author paints a vivid picture of the dangers - from hostile natives to drunken cooks - and discomforts of a voyage in a small ship of his day. Giles was an acute observer with the ability to record what he saw in graphic terms. He describes in detail the varied receptions which met European visitors to Melanesia in the 1870s and the manner in which Pacific...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)
Date published: 1968
Type: Book
Access Rights: Open Access


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