The Pearl-shellers of Torres Strait: Resource Use, Development and Decline, 1860s-1960s

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Melbourne University Press, 1994 - History - 299 pages
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In an ethnically stratified work force, Japanese, South Sea Islander, Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal divers brought up from the sea floor the shell that produced mother-of-pearl, and sometimes pearls. Many men died at this dangerous work.

Regina Ganter charts the progress of pearl-shelling from its heyday through its several crises resulting from overfishing to its present cautious management. The book is greatly enhanced by the oral testimony of divers and boat-owners.

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Contents

Introduction
1
A Colonial Birthmark? The Emergence of
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the Japanese Dominance
99
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

Dr Regina Ganter has cone extensive fieldwork as a consultant for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. A lecturer at Griffith University, she presently holds a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Australian National University to explore the dynamics of interaction between Asians, Aborigines and Europeans at the Australian frontier.

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