Pearling Industry, Broome, Western Australia

Melbourne, Government Printer, 1913.

Folio, 6 pages.

Titling-wrappers; slight rust marks; a fine copy.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Paper Number 43 of 1913; only 950 copies printed. An annual return (to 30 June 1913) regarding indented seamen: numbers and nationalities, arrivals and departures, deaths and convictions ('nationality of the convicted person, the offence, how disposed of, and name of employee'). The latter run to two and a half pages - lots of drunkenness and disobedience and the occasional entering of a native's camp, but only one 'Hoisting national colours of Japan on British ship' (40s., or seven days' hard labour). The number of deaths, mainly work-related, for the period is shocking: 21 Japanese and 13 Malays.

Item #28443

Price: $75.00

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