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A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

posted on 2023-10-30, 03:16 authored by Nicholas HerrimanNicholas Herriman, David R. M. Irving, Greg Acciaioli, Monika WinarnitaMonika Winarnita, Trixie Tangit

In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean. Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as indentured workers, slaves and/or convicts. A year later, a Scottish rival, Clunies Ross, took over.


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The Conversation

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The Conversation Media Group

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Carlton, Victoria



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