Celebrating 25 years of National Recognition for Australian South Sea Islanders

25 August 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of Nation Recognition of Australian South Sea Islanders. The State Library of Queensland joined in by hosting a special community event on Saturday 3 August 2019. Approximately 100 people enjoyed the events on the day which included, a White Gloves Experience, a special exhibition tour of Plantation Voices: … Read more

Soul Harvest ni-Vanuatu Choir visit to State Library of Queensland

On Wednesday 4 September 2019, State Library of Queensland will be hosting a visit by ni-Vanuatu choir, Soul Harvest Choir. The choir will be visiting the exhibition, Plantation Voices: Contemporary Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders followed by a performance at 3pm. Two gospel choir groups, Soul Harvest and Navataparop Praise have joined together under … Read more

Sunshine Coast Community kicks off recognition celebrations

On the 22 June 2019 the Descendants of Australian South Sea Islanders Inc (DASSI) hosted a community event to celebration and acknowledge the upcoming 25th anniversary of the national recognition for Australian South Sea Islanders. It was a wonderful day with cultural singing, dancing, feasting and a historical re-enactment of the blackbirding of South Sea … Read more

Refined White and Plantation Voices

A selection of images from the extensive Refined White photograph collection were used in State Library of Queensland’s exhibition Plantation Voices, which explores the heritage, culture and identity of Australian South Sea Islanders. This collection of images were taken by photographer Brian Rogers in 2000, under the direction of assistant researcher Imelda Miller, and used … Read more

Stop and Stare

Guest blogger: Dylan Mooney, artist. As an artist with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander heritage it is important to me to continue to represent and connect too all my cultural identities through my artwork.  Through my Australian South Sea Islander heritage I have strong connections to Mailata in the Solomon Islands … Read more

ASSI Community celebrates new exhibition, Plantation Voices

Australian South Sea Islander community enjoying the new exhibition Plantation Voices: Contemporary Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders

Plantation Voices: Contemporary conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders is now open until 8 September.  On 16 February with a special community event hosted by the State Library of Queensland to welcome the Australian South Sea Islander community and open the exhibition. Over 210 people from communities all along the eastern coastline came together to celebrate … Read more