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The Tapu of Banderah single work   short story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1896... 1896 The Tapu of Banderah
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The small European population of the island of Mayou, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, is intrigued to see a yacht approaching the island. The two passengers appear to be respectable 'gentleman', but the trader Blount soon recognises the captain of the ship as one Captain Sykes, a notorious blackbirder who has served time in prison in Sydney for his activities. The chief of the island, Banderah, has his own grievance against Sykes and plots revenge. Blount uncovers a conspiracy between the visitors and the other two traders living on Mayou and he and Banderah devise a scheme to expose them. However, the plan goes hideously wrong and leads to bloodshed and death.


  • In five parts: I The 'Starlight'; II A Difference of Opinion; III Banderah; IV 'Death to Them Both!'; V The Tapu of Banderah

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