Talk:Blackbirding

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This is a term of Australian English and an important part of our history, and should eventually have an article of its own. Information that could form an adequate stub is already in the White Australia policy article, but the redirect is IMO more useful than a stub for the moment. Andrewa 06:12, 4 Apr 2004 (UTC)

Article created[edit]

s.o. redirected back to WAP article, so better this with wls Paul foord 6 July 2005 11:15 (UTC)

Suggest mentioning that slavery was a crime[edit]

Perhaps the article should mention that slavery was illegal in the British Empire at the time, to explain why the blackbirders tended to claim that their recruits had voluntarily signed up as contract labourers.


The article does mention that slavery was illegal. It doesn't however make it clear that there is a real conflict of evidence as to whether the indentured labour was forced or not. Furthermore, even if not voluntary it wasn't slavery, but a form of civil conscription, as the labourers were paid.JohnC (talk) 06:33, 18 July 2009 (UTC)

Origin of term?[edit]

I didn't see any mention of why this activity is referred to as 'blackbirding'. Would be an important addition to the article. --Clay Collier 21:49, 19 June 2007 (UTC)

I've added a section on the etymology. -- Avenue 23:48, 19 June 2007 (UTC)