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This head comb was collected by W. H. Lawrence, who worked on labour trade vessels in the region from 1883 to circa 1900. These vessels brought Pacific Islanders, predominantly from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, to Australia as a cheap form of labour for the Australian sugar industry.
This head comb is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.
Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.