Photograph 7495808
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. Owen Jenkins, formerly of Kent, weighs and checks cans from each batch of fruit. March 1959

Image details

Year: 
RecordSearch reference: 
A12111, 1/1959/16/251
Add to favourites (login required)
Share on social media: 
Share

Contributions

People:
No people have been tagged yet. Be the first by using the 'Tag people' button.
Locations:
No locations have been added yet. Be the first by using the 'Suggest locations' button.