Byline: A Medical Student; 1882-11-11; The Leader; pages 35-36
We had to land three boys on one of the most dangerous pieces of the island - dangerous by reason of an inherent propensity of the natives to regard a succulent man as the daintiest of luxuries. The recruiter, Bill and the crews were therefore armed to the teeth, and amid a great excitement the boats set off.
Description:The fourth installment in George Morrison's undercover series "A Cruise in a Queensland Slaver" about the recruitment of Pacific Islanders to work on the region's plantations (also called "blackbirding") for Melbourne paper The Leader. Morrison joined the crew of The Lavinia, a "blackbirder" from June through August, 1882.
Rights: Public domain.