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Title: Cry of the Blackbird
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Writer: Bruce Stewart
James Onedin has sailed to Australia with passengers, hoping to get a cargo of wool that will make him over 1000, enough to pay off the Pampero. But once there, he finds the farmers have all left their farms for a gold rush and there is no wool. A parson offers to pay him to take 'lost souls' from Papua to a missionary school in Victoria. On the voyage there, they discover the parson is a drunk and his associates are 'salvaged' criminals and troublemakers. After the Papuans have been picked up it turns out that it is a case of blackbirding (slavery) for the sugar cane plantations. When the Papuans find out, they set fire to the parson and James Onedin decides to return them to their home.
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