Dr Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui is a casual academic at James Cook University, historian and historical consultant. She researches the sugar industry and migration history of tropical north Queensland, with published works such as Gentlemen of the Flashing Blade (JCU, 1990) and ‘Basking in a Different Sun: The Story of Conchi Mendiolea’ in Amatxi, Amuma, Amono: Writings in Honor of Basque Women, (University of Nevada, 2003) marrying those themes. She also has a keen personal and professional interest in the history of the Herbert River Valley, north Queensland. She is the author of The Herbert River Story (Hinchinbrook Shire Council, 2011). Her academic research explores that history within an international context in both colonial and post-colonial time-frames.