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

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

Digitised @ SLQ – QLD Government Action Plan for ASSI, 2001

Queensland Government Action Plan: Australian South Sea Islander Community  Reviewed by Olivia Robinson, Manager, Research, Advocacy and Partnerships, State Library of Queensland The Queensland Government Action Plan: Australian South Sea Islander Community (the ‘Action Plan’) was developed in July 2001 by the then Beattie Labour Government and is now considered an historic document as opposed … 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