Canoe paddle

Production date
Sep 1884
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Makira
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Description
Canoe paddle-wood, blade decorated, obverse, blackbirders & Islanders with guns, reverse 3 fully rigged ships, steamship, steam pinnace. Handle broken
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Measurements
L1412 x W143mm
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Wood
History and use
This canoe paddle from Santa Ana, in the Solomon Islands was collected by C.F. Browne. C.F. Browne was a Government Agent on Labour Trade vessel "Sybil I" (J. Leeman, Master). This vessel left Mackay 22 April 1884 for Santa Ana, Gaua, Malo, Torres Group, San Cristobal, Russel, Piron, Sudest, Pig, Grass,Normanby and Goulvain Islands, and returned to Mackay 3 October 1884. It was used to transport South Sea Islanders to Queensland. South Sea Islanders were used as cheap form of labour in the development in the Australian sugar industry.

The Queensland Museum aquired this canoe paddle in 1886. It is part of the Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection.
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E4508

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