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The Resource The pearl frontier : Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers

The pearl frontier : Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers

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The pearl frontier : Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network
Title
The pearl frontier
Title remainder
Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network
Statement of responsibility
Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Remarkable for its meticulous archival research and moving life stories, 'The pearl frontier' offers a new way of imagining Australian historical connections with Indonesia. This compelling view from below of maritime mobility demonstrates how, in the colonial quest for the valuable pearl-shell, Australians came to rely on the skill and labor of Indonesian islanders, drawing them into their northern pearling trade empire. From the 1860s onwards the pearl-shell industry developed alongside British colonial conquests across Australia's northern coast and prompted the Dutch to consolidate their hold over the Netherlands East Indies. Inspired by tales of pirates and priceless pearls, the pearl frontier witnessed the maritime equivalent of a gold rush; with traders, entrepreneurs, and willing workers coming from across the globe. But like so many other frontier zones it soon became notorious for its reliance on slave-like conditions for Indigenous and Indonesian workers. These allegations prompted the imposition of a strict regime of indentured labor migration that was to last for almost a century before giving way to international criticism in the era of decolonization. 'The peal frontier' invites the reader to step outside the narrow confines of national boundaries, to see seafaring peoples as a continuous population, moving and in communication in spite of the obstacles of politics, warfare, and language. Instead of the mythologies of racial purity, propagated by settler colonies and European empires, this book dissects the social and economic life of the port cities around the Australian-Indonesian maritime zone and lays open the complex, cosmopolitan relationships which shaped their histories and their present situations. Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers bring together their expertise on Australian and Indonesian history to challenge the isolationist view of Australia's past. This book explores how Asian migration and the struggle against the restrictive White Australia policy left a rich legacy of mixed Asian-Indigenous heritage that lives on along Australia's northern coastline. This book is an important contribution to studies of the coastal or Pasisir culture of Southeast Asia, that situates the local cultures in a regional context and demonstrates how Indonesian maritime peoples became part of global migration flows as indentured laborers. It offers a hitherto untold story of Indonesian diaspora in Australia and reveals a degree of Indian-Pacific interconnectedness that forces us to rethink the construction of regional boundaries and national borders
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
HU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Martinez, Julia
Dewey number
338.3/7141209598
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
index present
LC call number
HD9678.P42
LC item number
M37 2015
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1946-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Vickers, Alan
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pearl industry and trade
  • Pearl industry and trade
  • Foreign workers, Indonesian
  • Pearl industry and trade
  • Whites
Label
The pearl frontier : Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The pearl frontier -- Border-crossing on the pearl frontier -- The birth of the pearling zone, 1860-1890 -- Maritime mobility in eastern Indonesia -- Master pearlers on both sides of the frontier -- Labor migration to north Australia, 1901-1941 -- Challenging social segregation -- War on the pearl frontier -- Disputed borders on the pearl frontier -- Marriage and Australian citizenship -- Conclusion
Control code
000053856649
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780824840020
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014045925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)897437426
Label
The pearl frontier : Indonesian labor and Indigenous encounters in Australia's northern trading network, Julia Martínez and Adrian Vickers
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The pearl frontier -- Border-crossing on the pearl frontier -- The birth of the pearling zone, 1860-1890 -- Maritime mobility in eastern Indonesia -- Master pearlers on both sides of the frontier -- Labor migration to north Australia, 1901-1941 -- Challenging social segregation -- War on the pearl frontier -- Disputed borders on the pearl frontier -- Marriage and Australian citizenship -- Conclusion
Control code
000053856649
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9780824840020
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2014045925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps, portraits
System control number
(OCoLC)897437426

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