chloeokoliFollowing on from talking about the Pacific Island Labourers Act yesterday, this is a short piece based on a suggestion to send them to New Caledonia if they didn't want to return to their homes. Enjoy 😊 'Don’t Send Them To New Caledonia (Part 1)' Reverend F.H. Paton – Mission Agent of the Presbyterian Church in Sydney – read in the newspaper that the Governor of New Caledonia offered to allow the Pacific Islanders deported from Australia to come to New Caledonia if they feared returning to their homes. Paton was against the proposal. That is, if it was true. Returning the Pacific Islanders to New Caledonia would cause ‘moral, spiritual and physical ruin’. Nothing was known about the ‘treatment of natives’ in New Caledonia and it would be a ‘cruel and wicked thing’ to send them there. Paton believed that such a course was not justified, as the deported Pacific Islanders would be ‘perfectly safe’ at any mission station on their own islands. Atlee Hunt, Secretary of External Affairs, replied to Paton that no such offer as that referred to had been received by the Commonwealth Government. If any such proposal was made, then they would carefully
consider his thoughts.
Source - NAA: A9, A1902/8/20 – Ref. F.H.L. Paton Protesting against Kanakas [Pacific Islanders] being landed in New Caledonia.
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