Visible participation: Japanese migrants in north Queensland, 1880–1941

Abstract

Between 1880 and 1941, many Japanese migrants arrived in north Queensland and became active participants in their communities. Despite arriving during an era where a White Australia was broadly envisioned, these migrants formed lasting connections within the unique geographical and cultural climate of north Queensland. Government records and newspapers archives reveal these individuals’ positive contributions to the region through business, civic engagement, and social events. This article focuses on Japanese migrant families’ economic, civic, and social contributions to north Queensland communities to highlight the longevity and depth of their connections within the history of northern Australia

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