Radio interview summary (from Telinga Media website): Historians have long argued about the trials and tribulations of indentured labourers sent to work the canefields up and down the Queensland coast in the second half of the nineteenth century. Were they carried off? Or did they go voluntarily?
The reality was complex and changed over time but research by a Queensland historian points to a rich spiritual life that islanders took home with them when the labour trade was dismantled at the start of last century. What now is the Solomon Islands' largest indigenous church can be traced to contact between an English planter family and their kanaka workforce, many of whom hailed from the Solomon island of Malaita.