Ok, I spelled it wrong. It is Kanakas. Blame my poor edjication, and I take it from comments that Kanakas weren't in the Australian history classes that those of us of a certain age attended. If we know about Kanakas, that is because we have come across the information along the way.
Hmmm, were there Australian history classes? I think so. Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson? No, that info was on a cereal packet. Rum Rebellion? Nope, that was in a book bought from a cereal company with a discount for something collected. Tres kewl, all my Australian history knowledge was supplied by a foreign owned multi national company.
There were Aussie history classes, years 11 and 12. I never elected. History bored me rotten and all I can remember from general history classes is something about Tigris and Euphrates, some striped feline critters from Eygpt I seem to recall, who met up, did the biz and gave birth to an offspring called Mesopotamia. My memory is a bit hazy on the fine detail.
For a quick overview of Kanakas, check Vik's comment in the previous post. For a more detailed, but not overly detailed and reasonably quick read, check Jayne's posted link. It is a very shameful part of Australia's history, perhaps even worse than the way our forebears generally treated the indigenous population.
If you are really keen, while there isn't a lot of info on the net about Kanakers, there is a lot about Kanakas.