Graves of Pacific islanders discovered on Queensland sugar farm | Pacific Beat

Graves of Pacific islanders discovered on Queensland sugar farm

Graves of Pacific islanders discovered on Queensland sugar farm

Updated 7 December 2012, 19:15 AEDT

Results from an underground radar scan have given a Queensland sugar cane farmer proof of, what he says, are the remains of indentured Pacific labourers buried on his property.

Brian Courtice says because he suspected there were graves on his land, he has been trying to have it heritage listed for years.

He says the state's sugar industry was built on Blackbirding as it was known.

The Queensland Heritage Council now says it will consider the application for heritage listing of the entire property.

Kathy McLeish has this report.

Presenter: Kathy McLeish

Speaker: Sugar farmer, Brian Courtice, Matt Nagas a descendent of Pacific labourers

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