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South Sea Islanders Cutting Cane (1899)

Photographer Frederick Charles Wills and his assistant, Henry William Mobsby, capture Melanesian labourers cutting cane in Queensland in 1899.

Length: 53 seconds

Alternative title: South Sea Islanders Cutting Cane, 1899: Nambour, Queensland

Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 (Academy full frame)

Featured in the Lumière collection


National Film and Sound Archive

NFSA title number: 43706

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