The 1837 'Coromandel': Arrival of the Working Class
Few know about the shipload of settlers to arrive in Holdfast Bay aboard the Coromandel on 17 January 1837. And they should, because this was the arrival of the working class, who inspired South Australia’s first strike. In contrast to the passengers on the 1836 ships, the labourers who arrived on the Coromandel were unfettered by contracts of employment and free to negotiate their own terms of employment. Or that was the theory. Come along for an examination on their untold contribution to the history of early colonial South Australia.
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