“Native Movement”: Islanders and the Janet Nicoll

  • Carla Manfredi
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)


This chapter juxtaposes Fanny Stevenson’s The Cruise of the 'Janet Nichol' and Stevenson’s manuscript account of the Janet Nicoll cruise, “Drafts of the South Seas.” Stevenson’s fascination with the consequences of “native movement” and the rise of commercial shipping on Pacific Islander navigation and mobility structures this chapter. The chapter traces the theme of Islander mobility by using a selection of photographs featuring Tem Binoka’s “harem,” the Janet Nicoll’s “Kanaka” crew, and Stevenson’s “minstrel” girls from Penrhyn. The theme of movement ties these images together, whether the inter-island travel of a chief’s household, the precarious position of Islander crews on the new steamship traders, or Stevenson’s own epidemiological speculations on the spread of leprosy through the interconnected Pacific.



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  • Carla Manfredi
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  1. 1.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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