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Testing the Boundaries of White Australia: Domestic Servants and Immigration Policy, 1901-45

Higman, Barry


In the period 1901-45 Australian governments sought to increase the nation's domestic service workforce through immigration while confining that immigration to British sources. Implementation of the White Australia policy resulted in an active deportation of household workers, particularly in the tropical north. In spite of broad acceptance of race-based immigration restrictions as a national ideal, calls came from the tropical and pastoral margins for a relaxation specific to domestic service...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Immigrants and Minorities


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