KOMINE, ISOKICHI (1867-1934), planter and trader, was born on 17 July 1867 at
Shimabara, Japan. He migrated to Thursday Island, Queensland, in 1890 and soon
advanced from pump-hand to diver, leasing his own pearling lugger. By 1894 he had
also acquired an interest in a boat-building yard. He ascended the Binaturi and
Fly rivers in Papua in 1895 in search of agricultural land; but was unable to
attract Japanese capital to exploit his discoveries.
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