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

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

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

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

Joskeleigh State School records at Queensland State Archives

Children and teacher from Joskeleigh Provisional School, c 1915

Guest blogger: Niles Elvery, Manager Public Access, Queensland State Archives Queensland State Archives holds a range of interesting records, including photos and architectural plans, which provide an insight into historic Joskeleigh State School on the Capricorn Coast. On Tuesday 28 October 1913, a provisional school was opened for the small South Sea Islander community in … Read more