Trepang trade

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A documentary investigating a centuries-old trade route that linked Australia's northern shores to the great markets of China. It was a trade that brought thousands of men from the Muslim port of Macassar in East Indonesia to the Arnhem and Kimberley coasts, and was worth millions of dollars in todays money. And all for a giant sea slug famous for its aphrodisiac properties. The trade was forced to finish nearly a hundred years ago, but has left a strong mark in the communities of Arnhem land.

Broadcast by Hindsight, ABC Radio National on Sunday 5 November 2000.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherABC Radio National
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2000


  • international trade
  • Trepang
  • Yolngu (Australian people)
  • Macassar
  • Indonesia
  • Indigenous history
  • Arnhem Land (N.T.)--History


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