Cane and Labour: The Political Economy of the Queensland Sugar Industry, 1862-1906

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Preface

This book has had a longer than necessary gestation. It began as a D.Phil. thesis which was examined at the University of Oxford in 1979. Soon after that a revised manuscript of the thesis was accepted by the Royal Historical Society for publication in the 'Studies in History' monograph series. Publication was delayed following differences between the Society and its publishers. When peace eventually broke out and a new publisher was appointed, the backlog of manuscripts in the queue was considerable. Fortunately, in 1988 the possibility of publishing with Edinburgh University Press emerged, and the manuscript was happily transferred to them in order to bring forward its publication and to widen the book's audience. I am grateful to the Royal Historical Society for originally accepting the manuscript so enthusiastically and then co-operating fully in its transfer to EUP.

In the eight years that have elapsed since this book was written a number of important new works on Pacific island labour in the Queensland sugar industry have been published. The most notable studies have been under the authorship of Kay Saunders, 1 Clive Moore2 and Ralph Shlomowitz. 3 Kay Saunders's book is essentially a revision of her 1974 Ph.D. thesis, in which she dropped the extensive comparison with black slavery in the southern United States, which was a key feature of the thesis, broadened the scope of the study to incorporate the topic of convict labour in Queensland and revised her work on indentured labour to include other new work on the labour trade. Through her painstaking researching of the Colonial Secretary's papers in the Queensland State Archives, she advanced considerably upon Peter Corris's descriptions of the daily lives of Pacific Islanders in the colony.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations ix
  • Tables x
  • Preface xi
  • Notes xii
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Notes xvi
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 5
  • 1 - The Rise of Plantation Production, 1862-1889 8
  • Notes 20
  • 2 - The Economic and Political Foundations of the Central Milling System 23
  • Notes 48
  • 3 - Reconstruction and the Abolition of the Labour Trade 1890-1906 57
  • Notes 69
  • 4 - The Material Life of Pacific Island Labour in the Queensland Sugar Industry 74
  • Notes 102
  • 5 - The Plantation 111
  • Conclusion 131
  • Notes 133
  • 6 - The State and the Control of Pacific Islanders in Queensland 138
  • Notes 150
  • 7 - Social Control 154
  • Notes 184
  • 8 - Worker Resistance 192
  • 9 - Conclusion 218
  • Notes 226
  • Appendix 228
  • Notes 235
  • Select Bibliography 251
  • Index 271
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