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Servant mobilities between Fiji and New Zealand: The transcolonial politics of domestic work and immigration restriction, c.1870–1920

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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.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85054821980

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4710&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3681

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 519

End Page


  • 539

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

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.

Publication Date


  • 2018

Citation


  • 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.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85054821980

Ro Full-text Url


  • https://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4710&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/3681

Number Of Pages


  • 20

Start Page


  • 519

End Page


  • 539

Volume


  • 15

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia