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Workers in bondage : the origins and bases of unfree labour in Queensland, 1824-1916

INDRODUCTION   From the commencement of free settlement in 1842 in the northern districts of New South Wales until 1906, the institution of indentured service provided the mainstay for certain sections of rural industry. Its beginnings were hardly auspicious, for indenture had evolved in these northern districts in conjunction with the system of assignment of felons and the widespread reliance of pastoralists upon the unfree labour of "ticket-of-leave” holder-s and "exiles". Like ...
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