This extract is Chapter XII - 'Bennett Burleigh's Story - Sydney Burned and Pillaged by its Own People' and most of Chapter XIII - 'The Japanese Land in Sydney - Treatment of the Citizens' (pp.90-106).
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yAustralian Science FictionVan Ikin
St Lucia:University of Queensland Press,1982Z1388011982anthology criticism extract short story poetry St Lucia:University of Queensland Press,1982
'Draws upon the growing interest in things Japanese following the signing of the Anglo-Japanese Treaty in 1902. Japan, as Britain's new ally in the Pacific, soon dispatched a Training Squadron to Australia. From its first appearance in early May 1903 to its departure five weeks later in mid June, the Japanese Squadron attracted immense interest in the press and among the public. The reader encounters the narrator of The Coloured Conquest, Frank Danton and his fiancée, the lovely Mabel Graham, as they visit the Training Squadron during its visit to Sydney. Frank and Mabel later meet Japanese officers at one of Sydney's better north shore addresses. There is considerable enthusiasm for the visitors, so much so that the attention which young women shower upon the visitors troubles Frank [...] the Japanese soon overwhelm what there is of the British Fleet and invade Sydney. Once victorious, they establish "Fair Lily Colonies" where the most comely European women, including Mabel, are forced to cohabit with the Japanese'.