1910 Signed Letter, Solomon Islands reg Kanakas. Commissioner C. Woodford.... For Sale
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1910 Signed Letter, Solomon Islands reg Kanakas. Commissioner C. Woodford....:
1910 Signed Letter, Solomon Islands reg Kanakas. Commissioner C. Woodford..... Condition is Used.
This is an original signed letter from Charles Morris Woodford, the first Resident Commissioner of the British Solomon Islands. Dated 1910, the letter is a reference for George Bannerman who worked as an accountant at the Lever's Station.
In the letter Woodford mentions the work done by Bannerman on the repatriation of the Kanakas.
Often kidnapped or tricked into indentured labour, many thousands of Pacific Islanders were brought to Queensland to work in the cane fields. Most of these men came from the Solomon Islands. At the turn of the century there were still around 10,000 Islanders in Qld and NSW, and it was decided that they should be expelled from Australia under the Pacific Island Labourers Act as part of the White Australia Policy. It's this 1906 - 1908 forced 'repatriation' that is mentioned in the letter.
Woodford was Resident Commissioner from 1896 - 1915 and was the major figure in the early years of the British Solomon's. The letter consists of a stamped heading top right, a typewritten text ( Original ) and Woodfords hand written signature.
The letter measures 32.5 x 20.5 cm. Some age spots as per the photo but generally in very good condition. A unique and interesting historical document from a shameful part of Australia's and the Solomon' past.
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