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Digitised @ SLQ – Islanders speak out about deportation in 1906

Queensland Royal Commission to Inquiry into and Report upon the Deportation and Repatriation of Pacific Islanders, and the Sufficiency of Labour for the Queensland Sugar Industry Reviewed by C. Cottle – Digital Collections Curator, State Library of Queensland A  newly digitised document at State Library provides the world with evidence from South Sea Islanders about whether or not … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander Symposium: A Time for Telling

Australian South Sea Islanders cutting sugar cane on a plantation at Bingera, Queensland, ca. 1905. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 171281

Australian South Sea Islanders have a unique identity and heritage that has been enriching Queensland’s cultural diversity for 150 years. 2013 marks a time for telling and sharing memories, stories, and ideas. Join in a compelling conversation with Australian South Sea Islanders about their remarkable history and contemporary identity. Speakers include: Joe Leo; Rowena Treive; … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander event – Bittersweet Queensland

Wed 21 Aug, 6pm | John Oxley Library, level 4, State Library of Queensland  Free, bookings required, 3840 7768 This year marks 150 years since the arrival of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. Today, more than 20,000 descendants identify as Australian South Sea Islanders and continue to enrich Queensland’s cultural diversity with their unique identity, spirituality and … Read more

Memories From A Forgotten People: 150 years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland. 16 – 18 August 2013.

South Sea Islanders labourers loading cut sugar cane into a wagon Queensland, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg: 16964

 Join us for Memories From a Forgotton People on 16-18 August 2013 in the Queensland Cultural Precinct to remember the significant contributions made to Queensland by the Australian South Sea Islander Community over the past 150 years.   Australian South Sea Islanders have a special place in Queensland’s history and are an important part of its contemporary … Read more

Help uncover Australian South Sea Islander history by tagging photos in Flickr

Male South Sea Islanders smoking pipes in Queensland, ca. 1885. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 16951

State Library of Queensland’s new digital volunteer program Pitch In! makes it possible for anyone, anywhere to contribute their knowledge to Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) photographs by tagging them in Flickr. For some time, State Library of Queensland staff and volunteers have been working hard behind the scenes to tag photographs and old newspaper … Read more