The East Coast landscpaes from my greyhound window

What did I see from my Greyhound window over 50 hours and 2600 km ? Sugar cane!
Indeed, it covers the entire coast, from Cairns to Sydney.

A the time a British colony, Queensland imported between 55,000 and 62,000 people from the South pacific Islands to work on sugarcane plantations between 1863 and 1900. They were known at the time as Kanakas (now considered a pejorative and insulting term) and today they and their descendants are generally known as SOuth Sea Islanders. Some were recruited legally but many were kidnapped or “blackbirded” into long-term indentured service. The majority of the 10,000 remaining in 1901 were “repatriated” (deported) between 1906 and 1908.

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Nowadays, Australia remains among the ten bigger sugarcane producers worldwide (together with Brazil, India, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Mexico, Philippines, USA, Argentina).

After hours enjoying the sugarcane plantations, I’ve also spent hours enjoying a dense forest…

And when I was too bored I was observing the Greyhound drivers, all of them over 60 year old, all of them with an amazing look…

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One thought on “The East Coast landscpaes from my greyhound window

  1. Steph, thanks for your daily updates. I’m more jealous every day… Today we received a new postcard and we all send our best wishes. Eduardo

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