Photograph 7495800
Immigrants, particularly married women, rush the huge Northgate pineapple cannery, Brisbane, QLD, for seasonal work at the height of the summer pineapple crop. They work long hours but each week collect pay envelops fattened by penalty rates. Unskilled men get up to 31 Pounds a week and unskilled women, up to 21 Pounds. The cannery processes up to 600 000 pineapples a day and employs up to 1600 workers. Last year more than half the 64 million cans processed were exported to Europe. Roland Clade, from France, feeds pineapples into a machine which skins them and removes the tough centres in one operation. March 1959

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A12111, 1/1959/16/243
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