RIS ID

129709

Publication Details

Steel, F. (2018). Servant mobilities between Fiji and New Zealand: The transcolonial politics of domestic work and immigration restriction, c.1870-1920. History Australia, 15 (3), 519-539.

Abstract

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Europeans travelling beyond Fiji were often accompanied by Melanesian, Indian or Indigenous Fijian servants. Occasionally, families resident in the Australasian settler colonies also hired servants, mostly men, from Fiji. This article traces such patterns of transcolonial domestic labour mobility, and highlights instances of servants challenging employer controls and seeking out more autonomous futures. Viewed together, these fragmentary histories suggest possibilities for juxtaposing and integrating temporary, short-term and circular transcolonial mobilities that tend to be overlooked in nation-centred histories of immigration and colonial domesticity.

Grant Number

ARC/DP110100490

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