The Pearl-shellers of Torres Strait: Resource Use, Development and Decline, 1860s-1960s
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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A Colonial Birthmark? The Emergence of
the Japanese Dominance
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