The first study of Asian occupation sites in 50 years has revealed Aboriginal people traded with foreign visitors prior to British settlement.
- A study of Asian occupation sites in northern Australia has revealed Aboriginal people traded with foreign visitors prior to British settlement
- ‘Sail in, sail out’ fishing crews from South-East Asia would travel to remote beaches to trade trepang, or sea cucumbers, as early as 1700
- Northern Territory sites are well documented, but the Kimberley fishing camps have not been studied since the 1960s
There are small clues if you know what you’re looking for.
An Indonesian tree where it shouldn’t be, a fragment of foreign pottery on a scenic northern beach.
They are markers of an annual Asian occupation of the northernmost tip of Western Australia that remains a mystery.
“This contact was happening prior to colonisation of this part of the northern coast,…