12["Local and General", Geraldton Guardian (WA), Thursday 8 February 1912, page 2]

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The Pearling Industry.--Owing to the Federal Government's embargo against the working of pearling boats by colored labor after the end of this year, the Pearlers' Association at Broome is taking time by the forelock, and intends giving white labor a practical test. With this end in view, eleven white divers and tenders have been imported from England, and they will leave Fremantle for Broome by the s.s. Koombana. These men, it is stated, in addition to receiving 156 per annum, are to receive 10 per cent of the value of all pearls obtained by them. They will also be paid a bonus on all pearl shell recovered exceeding 3 tons, which is about the average yield of a boat. The experiment, fraught as it is with the continuance or abandonment of an industry which has made Broome and has also benefited this State generally, will be watched with considerable interest. Amongst pearlers generally pessimism is shown concerning the innovation, and if the worst fears should be realised, the prosperity of Broome will be a thing of the past.

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