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Leweton Cultural Group tour to Australia in June 2013

The Leweton Women’s Water Music Troupe, lead by Edith (right), getting ready to perform at the Nanda Blue Hole in Santo.

Guest blogger:  Further Arts The Leweton Cultural Group are a talented and passionate group of men, women and children from the remote northern tropical islands of Vanuatu that promote and preserve their valuable cultural heritage through breathtaking performances.  They have previously performed at the World Expo in Zaragova, the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, … Read more

SLQ volunteers tag Trove for Australian South Sea Islander research help

Volunteers at the State Library are currently working on tagging and listing news articles about Australian South Sea Islanders in Trove,  National Library of Australia’s free search service. The aim of the project is to increase access to Australian South Sea Islander  information in Australian newspapers and to the State Library’s catalogue and images. Researchers of  Australian … Read more

State Library provides access to rare Australian South Sea Islander materials

As part of the  celebration of Australian South Sea Islander heritage this year,  State Library staff have retrieved  rare materials from collection repositories to share with the world about South Sea Islanders who were indentured in Queensland. Unique John Oxley Library monographs that tell the stories of the indentured labourers are being reviewed and digitised.  The “book … Read more

Australian South Sea Islanders in the Queensland Art Gallery exhibition ‘Sugar’

Robert Boah, Mackay, April 2013. Image Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art

Storytelling is at the heart of social life. It helps us to understand ourselves in relation to others. Sharing stories through performance, music and oratory are just some of the many ways in which Australian South Sea Islanders continue to actively participate in and contribute to life in Queensland.  In the Gallery 5, Queensland Art … Read more


As part of celebrations commemorating 150 years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery will launch the exhibition ‘Sugar’. Bringing together historical photographs with recorded stories, music and works by contemporary artists, ‘Sugar’ highlights the contributions made by South Sea Islanders and their descendants, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, of … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander ‘tags’ on One Search

To assist researchers and community members in discovering and accessing items in the State Library collections relating to Australian South Sea Islanders, a number of ‘tags’ have been set up through One Search. These ‘tags’ relate to some key topics or themes for Australian South Sea Islander people, histories, cultures and lives. ‘Tags’ are used in One Search to … Read more