I’ve Been Working on the Railways, continues to travel around the country…

I've Been Working on the Railway exhibition is currently touring around Australia.  The Rail Workshop Museum, Ipswich.

Guest blogger:  Geraldine Mate, Senior Curator, The Railway Workshops Museum The travelling exhibition I’ve Been Working on the Railways has continued to tour around Australia and has been well received so far in Townsville and in Canberra, where it is currently on display at the National Archives. In Townsville, I had the pleasure of attending … Read more

ASSI150 – SEQ, showcases Australian South Sea Islander Artists…

An image of the art installation in the exhibition at the State Library of Queensland, 2013.

Guest blogger: John Waldron – ASSI 150 SEQ Project Coordinator A strong feature of the ASSI150 SEQ program was the showcase of Australian South Sea Islander artists and Australian South Sea Islander arts workers. The series of Australian South Sea Islander exhibitions, developed by regional and state facilities, provided the first opportunity to promote Australian South Sea Islander artists and … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander 150 South East Queensland Project

South East Queensland, Australian South Sea Islander Logo, Components designed by Luther Cora, 2013.

Guest blogger: John Waldron – ASSI 150 SEQ Project Coordinator ASSI 150 SEQ was a commemorative program presented across south east Queensland (SEQ) from June to September 2013. The program delivered a series of small and large scale events, exhibitions and gatherings to an estimated 40,000 people. In 2010, representatives from the Australian South Sea … Read more

Digitised@SLQ – Imperial and Colonial Acts

Imperial and colonial acts relating to the Pacific Island labour trade, and regulations and instructions for the guidance of Government agents appointed under the Pacific Island labourers act of 1880, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Image No.708270-s0001

Imperial and Colonial Acts Reviewed by Catherine Blanchfield – Queensland Content Coordinator, State Library of Queensland This volume puts together the following Colonial (including Queensland, Victorian et al.) and Imperial (British) legislation and regulations concerning the conditions, employment, treatment and ‘acquisition’ or ‘recruitment’ of’ Pacific Islander people to that date of 1884: • The Pacific Islanders … Read more

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

It’s worth reading the fine print: Looking for South Sea Islander names in Queensland State Archives’ records

Digital Image ID 23968 - Register of Pacific Islander Labourers. Image Queensland State Archives

Recordkeeping is an important task undertaken by public servants today and it was a task made explicit by various pieces of legislation pertaining to South Sea Islanders arriving and working in Queensland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. For instance, the instruction beside the asterisk in this Register of Pacific Island Labourers, 1865 … 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