Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.

ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS

Your leading article on the future of the natives in the islands was timely and interesting, particularly so to many of us who were on active service there for two and a half years; and when a person of authority, a servant of the Crown, intimates that the buoyant economic status enjoyed by the natives at present will slump to pre-war standards, one wonders whether, after all, these dusky children of nature, so loyal and so simple, are to be denied the fruits of victory and the democracy that should follow. The natives did not know what true democracy was until the troops arrived in their island homes. Racial segregation was marked and the pittances they received in return for honßt toil were a disgrace to the white race; while the Courts dispensed a socalled justice that was harsh, and far from just. Perusal of Court files picked up by our troops in operations on one lonely Pacific isle accentuated what we haki learned on a bigger island farther south. Allied scouting parties, moving ahead of the troops in the jungle-choked islands, absolutely relied upon the native ingenuity and instinct for pinpointing enemy positions and hideouts. These diminutive Solomon Islanders always had a friendly smile and showed a total disregard for danger and a contempt for the enemy that was remarkable in the circumstances. Without them and their Fijian brothers, victory would have been, and still is, well nigh impossible. COCONUT BOMBER.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/AS19450804.2.19.2

Bibliographic details

ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

Word Count
245

ISLAND NATIVES' STATUS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.

Working