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Title Sugar slaves
Published Lindfield NSW : Film Australia, 1995


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Description 1 videorecording (DVD) (56 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Summary "Few people know that the Australian sugar industry was founded on the sweat of men and women enticed or kidnapped from the islands of the South Pacific. Sugar Slaves is the story of that human traffic, euphemistically known as 2blackbirding3. Between 1863 and 1904 about 60,000 islanders were transported to the colony of Queensland, where they toiled to create the sugar plantations of the far north. Then, after the introduction of a White Australia policy, most were deported. A few thousand were permitted to remain and today Queensland is home to 20,000 of their descendants. In 1994 Australian Islanders at last won official recognition as a distinct ethnic group. According to a Government sponsored report, it has suffered "a century of racial discrimination and harsh treatment...". Now Islanders are beginning to trace their history and are finding their long-lost relatives in Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and other Pacific nations. A unique community - the only substantial black migrant group in Australia - is at last uncovering the little known story of Australia's sugar slaves." -- Back cover
Notes "The secret history of Australia's slave trade" -- Front cover
Credits Executive producer, Sharon Connolly ; producer, Penny Robins ; directed and co-produced by Trevor Graham ; writer, Jean Jacques Portail ; editor, Tony Stevens ; Produced with the assistance of Australian Broadcasting Company ; Narration written and spoken by Jonathan Holmes
Cast Grace Molisa, Chief Selwyn Liliu, Noah Sabbo, Chief John Aroo
Audience Rated: PG
Notes DVD, region 0, PAL
Available to Deakin University staff and students only
Subject Slave trade -- Australia.
Sugar workers -- Australia -- Queensland.
Pacific Islanders -- Australia -- Queensland.
Contract labor -- Islands of the Pacific.
Blackbirding -- Islands of the Pacific.
Blackbirding -- Australia -- Queensland.
Acculturation -- Australia.
Race discrimination -- Australia.
Agricultural laborers, Foreign -- Australia.
Australia -- Race relations.
Genre/Form Video recordings.
Author Connolly, Sharon
Graham, Trevor.
Robins, Penny.
Portail, Jean Jacques
Stevens, Tony.
Holmes, Jonathon
Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Film Australia (Organization)