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

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

Objects with Connections…

Steel bladed Axe, San Cristobal, Solomon Islands. Collected 1883 -1900 by W H Lawrence. Queensland Museum Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection. E310. Image courtesy of Queensland Museum.

Objects with a connection to the trade of South Sea Islander labourers can be seen at the Queensland Museum.  Some 736 objects make up the Museum’s Australian South Sea Islander Kastom Collection, which focuses predominantly on objects from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands that were collected or donated by people who had connection to the South Sea Islander … Read more