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Contribution to the ASSI 150th by Queensland State Archives

Cover of one of the registers in the Australian South Sea Islander Collection at the Queensland State Archives.

During 2013 Queensland State Archives has been privileged to participate in many commemorative events. As the Australian South Sea Islander Collection at the Archives provides documentary evidence of the government’s role in regulating the indentured labour system, it was an ideal opportunity to showcase this collection to the community and make links with many organisations … Read more

WANTOK 2013 celebrated at SLQ

Tafea women dancers at WANTOK 2013. Image courtesy of Emelda Davis

Guest blogger: Emelda Davis – National ASSI Secretariat  Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) delivered WANTOK 2013 ASSI Capacity Building Forum at the State Library of Queensland from 1-3 November. This is the first of a series of three workshops funded by the Commonwealth ‘Community Cohesion’ grants program which saw the event opened by the Prime Minister … Read more

Speakers and dignitaries confirmed for WANTOK 2013…


WANTOK 2013, will be happening  this weekend 1 – 3 November 2013.  Click Wantok 2013 Program and Speakers to see the program and speakers for this weekends events. WANTOK 2013 organisers have confirmed the additional dignitaries will be speaking this weekend at WANTOK 2013. The speakers include; Aunty Carole Currie, South East Queensland Elder from Jugura Country … Read more

Back to Joskeleigh…100 years since school began…

Children and teacher from Joskeleigh Provisional School, c 1915

Guest blogger:  Jodi Newton, Joskeleigh Community Association Did you attend Joskeleigh State School some time in your life?   Maybe you might know someone who attended the school.   This Saturday 26th October 2013, The Joskeleigh Community Association and the Joskeleigh South Sea Islander Community Development Association invite past students and teachers, friends and family, to attend the 100 year anniversary since … Read more

Journeys to Sugaropolis …

My friends make these dog cushions....I think Buzz needs one so he is "On top of the World" :)

Guest blogger:  Kevin Raines, Heritage Team Leader, City of Gold Coast.  The exhibition Jouneys to Sugaropolis: the Australian South Sea Islander Story of the Gold Coast Region was launched on 20 August at the City of Gold Coast Administration Centre foyer, Bundall.  A casual and intimate affair, it began with the arrival of guests at … Read more

Echoes: ASSI 150 SEQ

Beaudesert is the area where the property of Townsvale existed in 1863.  The Echoes exhibition marked the arrival of the first South Sea Islanders to Townsvale in 1863.

Guest blogger: Bronwyn Davies – Coordinator Cultural Services, Scenic Rim Regional Council. Make sure you see The Echoes exhibition at The Centre Beaudesert, open 23 August until 26 October 2013.  Echoes opened on Friday 23rd August at the Centre Beaudesert. The opening night crowd included Auntie Bonita Mabo, Chief Richard Fandanumata Paramount Chief of Vanuatu, representatives of … Read more



Guest blogger: Emelda Davis – President, Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) Limited The Australian South Sea Islanders – Port Jackson (ASSI.PJ) formally invite you to participate as a delegate from your organisation or as an individual community member at this year’s WANTOK 2013 National Capacity Building Forum being funded under the Australian Commonwealth Government’s ‘Community … Read more