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South Sea Islanders Cutting Cane (1899)


This clip filmed in 1899 is one of the few pieces of footage of Melanesian labourers cutting cane in Queensland. The workers stack the cane onto a wagon while their supervisor keeps a watchful eye.

Curator’s notes

This clip of actuality footage taken by the official photographer of the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Frederick Charles Wills, and his assistant Henry William Mobsby in 1899 was captured using a static Lumière Cinematographe.