Following the Second World War, the sugar industry was hard hit by a shortage of labour, particularly for cane harvesting. Displaced persons from the upheavals of Europe were brought to Australia by the International Refugee Organisation from 1947. Two thousand DPs were sent into the North Queensland sugar industry and came to be regarded as the saviours of the industry at that time. They worked as canecutters, living in cane barracks during the harvesting season and moving south during the five-month slack season.


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