Sunshine Coast Community kicks off recognition celebrations

Sunshine Coast community celebrating the 25th anniversary year of national recognition for Australian South Sea Islanders, 22 June 2019.

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 Islanders from their home islands. Joining the celebrations were local Solomon Islander and Vanuatu communities.

It was a great day for people to come together and share the memories and acknowledge, the significance of 25 August 1994 as a monumental day for Australian South Sea Islanders. To help celebrate, DASSI with the support of Sunshine Coast Regional Council developed a pull-up banner exhibition entitled, Australian South Sea Islanders: Celebrating 25 years of national recognition. You can see this exhibition at Nambour Library until 5 July 2019.

The event was held at Muller Park, Bli Bli and attended by approximately 200 people from the Sunshine Coast region.

Imelda Miller – Engagement Officer, State Library of Queensland

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