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The plaque commemorates the Kanakas who presented a bell to the church in appreciation of the care given to them by the church congregation.

Between 1863 and 1904 some 50,000 Kanakas were “blackbirded” from the Polynesian Islands to labour in the Queensland cane fields. Approximately 14,800 of these were located between Bundaberg and Maryborough. They were harshly treated, suffered disease, poorly fed and death rates were 400% higher than white Australian workers. Despite these terrible conditions they helped forge the Australian sugar industry which has since its inception played a major role in the economic development of Australia


Address:174 - 176 Currie Street, St John the Baptist Church, Nambour, 4560
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -26.630221
Long: 152.959691
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1907
Approx. Event End Date:1907


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 3rd October, 2009
Front Inscription

In honour of the Kanakas and their families
who presented this bell in 1907 to
St John the Baptist Church
in appreciation of the care given to them
by Mr. J. Hilliam and the Congregation

3 - 10 -2009
Fr. James Hall  Rector

Source: MA
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