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The cane cutter, Childers, Queensland, 1955 [picture] / Jeff Carter
Bib ID 3104033
Format PicturePicture, OnlineOnline
Author
Carter, Jeff, 1928-2010
 
Online Versions
Description 1955 
1 photograph : b&w ; image 37.9 x 27.8 cm., on sheet 40.3 x 30.4 cm. 
Series

Carter, Jeff, 1928-2010 . Jeff Carter collection of photographs, 1952-2002.

Summary

"When the Kanaka trade was outlawed, white itinerant labour from the south flowed north to Queensland each year, to 'work like niggers'. Often wearing only shorts, barefooted and grimed by the fire-blackened cane. Pay was good but the work exhausting and sweaty in the tropical heat. After cutting, bundles of the heavy green canes were carried on the shoulder over rough ground to waiting miniature rail trolleys. These ran on temporary metal rails laid down across the burnt paddocks by the cane cutters. Now machines harvest the cane, but the spirit of the period is preserved in Ray Lawler's play "The Summer of the Seventeenth Doll." -- Description supplied by photographer.

Notes

Title supplied by photographer.

Part of collection: Jeff Carter collection of photographs, 1952-2002.

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-148669629

Subjects Sugarcane -- Queensland -- Childers -- Photographs.  |  Sugar workers -- Queensland -- Childers -- Photographs.  |  Sugarcane industry -- Queensland -- Childers -- Photographs.
Occupation Cane cutters.
Other authors/contributors Carter, Jeff, 1928-2010
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