One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person recruited from or through Kupang in West Timor to work in the pearling industry.‘forward of the hold was the small fo'c'sle where the koepangers slept’
- ‘Those at the bottom, especially the Malays, Koepangers and Filipinos, mixed more freely.’
- ‘Before the war we used to talk the Koepangers ' language on the boat.’
- ‘Of non-Europeans in Darwin, Koepangers were single men from Southeast Asia indentured to work on Japanese pearling boats off the coast of Darwin.’
- ‘"Something has miscarried, Puppa," murmured the koepanger uneasily.’
- ‘From there I watched luggers coming in on the tide and dinghies bringing in piles of shell, with a Koepanger paddling in the stern.’
- ‘That year, a riot broke out between the Japanese divers and the poorly paid koepangers who tended to comprise the crew.’
- ‘But steadily the stockpile on the beach began to grow and the two Koepangers hired as crew were kept busy.’
- ‘The 2,000 coloured persons included nearly a hundred Koepangers and more than 800 Chinese.’
Early 20th century: from Dutch Koepang ‘Kupang’.
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