The Vagabond in New Caledonia

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In 1878, John Stanley James sailed to Noumea to report on the Kanak Rebellion for
the Sydney Morning Herald. Nothing was heard of him for weeks, until it was
discovered that the French colonial administration had been suppressing his
telegraphs. Writing under the pseudonym of Julian Thomas, his eye-witness accounts
of the war were sympathetic to the Kanaks and resolute in their portrayal of the
colonists‟ brutality. He rewrote them for publication in the SMH that September and
October, later collecting them in his book Cannibals and Convicts.
This chapter explores James' work as both war correspondent and literary journalist.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Vagabond papers
EditorsMichael Cannon
Place of PublicationClayton, Victoria
PublisherMonash University Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781922235985
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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