A Regulated Labour Trade across the Torres Strait: Papuan and New Guinean Domestic Workers in Australia, 1901–50

  title={A Regulated Labour Trade across the Torres Strait: Papuan and New Guinean Domestic Workers in Australia, 1901–50},
  author={Lucy Davies},
  journal={Labour Lines and Colonial Power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Labour Mobility in Australia},
  • Lucy Davies
  • Published 1 August 2019
  • Political Science
  • Labour Lines and Colonial Power: Indigenous and Pacific Islander Labour Mobility in Australia
In 1927, Beatrice Abel, a missionary at the Kwato Mission in the Territory of Papua, asked Alice Wedega, a young Papuan woman, to travel to Australia with the wife of a business manager from the nearby island of Samarai. The wife was an Australian expatriate and she wanted a Papuan ‘girl’ to accompany her to Australia to care for her children while she was on leave. Since Wedega had a desire to travel, and the only way for a Papuan woman to leave the country at the time was as a servant, she… 
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