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Blackbird's LATEST EDITION of Storian Blong Yumi is out now. Learn of the UNKNOWN ISLANDER, the ABORIGINAL CONNECTION, seaching for lost shipwrecks with FINDING HELENA, join BLACKBIRD ADVENTURERS, help us get our very own TALL SHIP, enjoy our new range of BLACK FEATHER wines, enter great competitions,...

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  During Australia's main Blackbirding days between 1863 to 1904 Queensland sugar and cotton plantations, sheep and cattle farms, pearling and fishing vessels and domestic households were worked by South Sea Islanders who were recruited – or more accurately during the Blackbird “era” kidnapped – by men who were, and are still known today as Blackbirders.   Blackbirding in the Pacific region was not only left to Australians.  Plantation owners in Fiji, New Caledonia, German plantation owners in Samoa and Papua New Guinea recruited for their respective locations.  In 1862 and 1863 Peruvian mine owners organised devastating slave raids on the Pacific. Over a period of about 40 years, 62,000 Islanders were brought to Queensland from the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and other parts of the South Pacific to provide cheap labour for the burgeoning sugar industry.  A small number of labourers came from the Polynesian and Micronesian islands such as Samoa, Kiribati and...
Blackbirding in it's most significant form began in Australia with Sydney politician and merchant, Captain Robert Towns who arranged for a sandalwood trader operating from Tanna, Henry Lewin, to recruit islanders from the Loyalty and New Hebrides Groups...
Blackbird Adventures aims to create adventures and expeditions to many parts of the South Pacific to directly assist families and communities in finding families, research and recording history, building community development and increasing tourism and...
Established in 2003 as a small community project, Blackbird™ was founded on the clear and present need to reunite families of the decendants of those that were sent abroad, primarily to Australia but also Fiji, Peru and Samoa with their families...
If you are wanting to assist us, or us to assist you get on board today.  Contact us via info@blackbird.vu to find out how you can get involved. 
Blackbird is restoring the historic Torres Strait Island pearling lugger, ANTONIA A99 for return to the Torres Straits, Queensland waters and the occasional voyage to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.  Saving Torres Strait Pearls has a...
Blackbird is restoring the historic Torres Strait Islander pearling lugger, ANTONIA A99 for return to the Torres Straits and Queensland waters.  Many South Sea Islanders worked on the pearling luggers from the late 1800's and continuing on into the...
Welkam to BLACKBIRD Established in 2003 as a small community project, Blackbird™ was founded on the clear and present need to reunite families of the descendants of those that were sent abroad, primarily to Australia but also Fiji, Papua New...
Australia's first acknowledged blackbirder was actually Captain Ben Boyd when in 1847, his schooner Velocity landed sixty-five men from the New Hebrides for his sheep and cattle stations in New South Wales. Blackbirding in it's most significant form,...
Many Australian Aboriginals married South Sea Islanders brought to Australia and went back to various countries in the South Pacific when thier husband's contract expired and they went home.  The descendents of these Aboriginal women are now looking...
Get your recipes out for Blackbird's huge Kai Kai competion.  We will be choosing the top recipes that will be cooked by some top chefs for special guests.  Winners will recieve great prizes, their recipe in the the next edition and maybe make...
Blackbird is proud to release it's latest range of BLACK FEATHER wines to raise funds for our projects and activities.  Select from great Australian and New Zealand wines including 'The Trader", "The Return", "Before Time", "Private Island", "The...
Blackbird Advetures and BeforeTIME Productions are seeking information on vessels used in labour recruiting including photographs, stories, wreck locations, recruits, owners, ship logs, manifests and more.  Contact us at adventures@blackbird.vu to...
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Come join our expeditions to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Torres Straits, Loyalty Islands, Fiji, Samoa and other parts of the Pacific for once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that provide rewarding experiences and the opportunity to work with local villages in...
Help us raise $1 Million to purchase our very own tall ship to sail between Queensland, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and other parts of the pacific and along the East coast of Queensland finding families, researching, community development and adventure...
Finding Family Blong Yu Mi Blackbird can assist families in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Australia, Papua New Guinea and other parts of the Pacific in finding decendants of families that were taken away.     Blackbird aims for reuinited...
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Blackbird assists villages and communities throughout Australia and the Pacific in areas of governance, economic development, tourism, health and education.  From a simple solar powered energy system, coconut oil press or medical supplies to...
Blackbird is currently producing a series of short stories and documentaries incorporating each of the countries involved and will include single family stories; retracing footsteps and routes; re-enacting piracy, blackbirding and recruiting; searching...
Blackbird International is seeking local community coordinators in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Papua New Guinea to assist with the coordination of the Finding Family Blong Yumi operations.  Interested?  Contact us today for further...
The single most important task is the largest Pacific and South Sea Islander genealogical and historical project ever to be conducted.  Blackbird currently helps with finding and re-connecting families in Australia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands,...
Looking for family, want to reconnect but have no idea where to start. Believe it or not most people will have useful information that will head us, and your challenge in the right direction.  Stories your grandparents may have told you.  The...
NEW CALEDONIA The recruiting for New Caledonia was conducted mainly in the New Hebrides (Vanautu) with small numbers also coming from the Solomon Islands. SAMOA The main recruiting undertaken for Samoa was by German plantation owners who recruited...
(Papua) New Guinea was the target of recruiters, particularly for Queensland and Samoa but also itself at times recruited from the Solomon Islands for German plantation owners based in New Guinea.  From the time between 1886 and 1899,...
Between 1863 and 1904, more than 18 000 Islanders were brought to Queensland and Fiji, from the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (Northern Solomons - Buka and Bougainville), to provide cheap labour for the burgeoning sugar, cotton and...
Between 1863 and 1904, more than 62 000 Islanders were brought to Queensland and Fiji, mainly from Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, to provide cheap labour for the burgeoning sugar, cotton and pearling industry.  A small number of...
Captain Ben Boyd arrived in Sydney on his yacht Wanderer on 18th July 1942, ready to start whaling and setting about on acquiring massive tracks of land in Australia.  Playing his cards as a blackbirder does, he stocked his land with sheep and...
The single most important task is the largest Pacific and South Sea Islander genealogical and historical project ever to be conducted.  Blackbird currently helps with finding and re-connecting families in Australia, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands,...
Fiji was also a major recruiter of neighbouring Pacific Nations with an estimated 10,000 Solomon Islanders recruited with just over 4,000 being returned after their contract.  Further recruitment from the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) was...