Alternative title: Collier, the Blackbirder
Issue Details: First known date: 1897 1897
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A ship's mate relates his experience when a group of Pacific Islanders, who are being taken to Tahiti to work on a sugar plantation, take over the ship.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Pacific Tales Louis Becke , London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1897 Z328199 1897 selected work short story London : T. Fisher Unwin , 1897 pg. 161 - 171
  • Appears in:
    y South Sea Supercargo Louis Becke , A. Grove Day (editor), Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1967 Z539022 1967 selected work short story A collection of stories, some of which feature Becke's alter ego, Tom Denison. Others are apparently based on his one-time employer in Apia, Mrs Mary Macfarlane, and the blackbirder 'Bully' Hayes, as well as other characters he encountered in his Pacific wanderings. The stories draw heavily on Becke's own experiences and certainly have autobiographical components but they are not, as Professor Day's introduction implies, autobiographical in the strictest sense of the word. Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1967 pg. 79 - 86
Last amended 30 Jul 2009