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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

Beautiful and strange map depicts Queensland and South Sea islands in 1800s

Oceanie (1869 map). State Library of Queensland

Beautiful and strange describes a newly digitised historical map available at State Library. The French map Oceanie features Queens-land and Micronesie Ocean Pacifique in 1869.   Exquisite details  are provided about the islands of Micronesia in the late 1800s.  The map also features border illustrations of French views of the Kangourou, the Koala and the … Read more