Vrijbuiters! Australian Pearl-Shellers and Colonial Order in the Late Nineteenth-Century Moluccas

By Steve Mullins, published February 2010

Abstract

Part of a research programme into Australian pearl shelling in the schooner era from 1880s to 1914. Considers Dutch colonial attitudes and actions; importance of pearl shell trade to indigenous authorities; local social unrest in the Aru Islands; reactions of Dutch and locals to Australian schooners at different times; resultant diplomatic incidents and British naval responses; shifting patterns of trade over time and favourable conditions obtained by Australian Pearl Shelling companies in first years of 20th century.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Miscellaneous