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Issue Details: First known date: 1901... 1901 Jack Renton
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Jack Renton left his home in the Orkneys in 1867. He was 18 when he arrived in Sydney and soon found himself on board the Reynard, a ship cruising for guano in the South Pacific. Life on board is hard and he joins a party of four men who desert their ship in a whaling boat, hoping for a life of ease on an island in the Pacific. After much hardship they arrive at Malayta [sic], in The Solomon Islands, where Jack remains until the arrival of the labour recruiting vessel, the Bobtail Nag, on 7 August, 1875.


  • Becke indicates that Jack Renton's story was told in one of the November issues of The Queenslander in 1875. He presents a fictionalised view of the events.

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  • South Pacific, Pacific Region,
  • c
    Solomon Islands,
    South Pacific, Pacific Region,
  • ca. 1875
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