The Tambo family posing among the plants in front of their homestead of Malayta Hill near Nambour, Queensland, 1906, by A. W. Newbery, via State Library of Queensland Commons on flickr.
The Tambos were among the tens of thousands of South Sea Islanders who were either kidnapped or recruited to be labourers in the sugarcane fields of Queensland during the mid to late 19th century — or they were their descendants.
At the time of this photo, most Islanders who were still in Australia faced repatriation or deportation by the government under legislation related to the White Australia policy.
The image above was used in an 1906 photo-essay in The Queenslander entitled “The Undesirables – Kanaka* Settlers on the Blackall Range.” “Kanaka” was once a term for the Islanders, now considered offensive. There is little other text that I can find, but the title seems to refer to the process of forced repatriation.
Descendants of those who escaped or were exempted from removal now form the largest Melano-Polynesian ethnic group in Australia.
*It means “man” in the Hawaiian language, according to Wikipedia.
“Mrs B Captain, Ekins and garden, Savage Crescent,” Upper Hutt, New Zealand, ca. early to mid 20th c., by J.W. Chapman-Taylor, via Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa.
I wonder if the wooden crates stacked up on the left indicate that this was a market garden, which were common in the Hutt Valley until the 1940s.
You can click on the picture to enlarge it (or click here and then on the image to zoom in even more).
Chapman-Taylor was an important New Zealand domestic architect, builder, furniture designer, and photographer who lived in the Valley in the mid 1930s.
Brian Brake in the garden (looking a bit apprehensively at what I think is a cat), probably Wellington, New Zealand, 1927-1928, photographer unknown, via Museum of New Zealand/Te Papa Tongarewa.
Brian grew up to be an internationally recognized photojournalist.
Unidentified family at Mount Sylvia, Queensland, ca. 1901, photographer unknown, via State Library of Queensland Commons on flickr.
“Portrait of well dressed small girl with pull-along horse,” Australia, ca. 1900, photographer unknown, via Phillips Glass Plate Negative Collection, Powerhouse Museum Commons on flickr.
The same little girl and her horse seem to appear in this photo as well. (And she’s in this one too.)