Parliamentary Act regarding Blackbirding in the Pacific titled 'Kidnapping Act of 1872'

Sydney: Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1872.

Foolscap folio, drop-title, 3pp., very good condition.

Australian laws to curb Blackbirding in the Pacific

This paper prints laws of 1872 passed by the parliament of New South Wales to control the dubious practice of 'Blackbirding' - using Polynesian labour in the Pacific through force, false promise and trickery. Titled An Act for the Prevention of criminal outrages upon the Natives of the Islands of the Pacific Ocean, it encompasses penalties, the status of non-British vessels (signficant given the prevalence of German planter colonies in the South Pacific), testimony of native witnesses, power of naval officers to board and seize ships, and the like.

This paper prints laws of 1872 passed by the parliament of New South Wales to control the dubious practice of 'Blackbirding' - using Polynesian labour in the Pacific through force, false promise and trickery. Titled An Act for the Prevention of criminal outrages upon the Natives of the Islands of the Pacific Ocean, it encompasses penalties, the status of non-British vessels (signficant given the prevalence of German planter colonies in the South Pacific), testimony of native witnesses, power of naval officers to board and seize ships, and the like.

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