Australian South Sea Islander exhibition coming to the State Library of Queensland

South Sea Islanders cutting cane in the Bundaberg district, ca. 1906. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image APO-032-0001-0018

Australian South Sea Islander history and heritage continues to be an untold story in our wider community.   The State Library of Queensland is proud to announce the development of a new exhibition, Plantation Voices: Contemporary Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders. The exhibition will open to the public on the 16 February 2019 in the … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander White Gloves Experience – Keeping Our History Alive!

Australian South Sea Islander White Gloves Experience, Sunday 21st October 2018

On Sunday 21 October 2018, 50 people attended the Australian South Sea Islander White Gloves Experience hosted by the State Library of Queensland.  Members of the Brisbane community were joined by people who travelled from Mackay, Joskeleigh, Gladstone, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Tweed Heads.   The last time there was a similar experience was … Read more

Up close and personal with the Australian South Sea Islander Collections

Group of South Sea Islander workers on a property in Cairns 1890

The State Library of Queensland would like to invite the Australian South Sea Islander Community to a special White Gloves Experience on Sunday 21st October 2018. A White Gloves Experience is an opportunity for the community to look at original collection material identified as part of the Australian South Sea Islander collections.  Collection items will … 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

Glenlyon House

Glenlyon, a residence in Ashgrove 1931. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg  199270

Guest blogger: Kathleen Mary Fallon – John Oxley Library Fellow, State Library of Queensland [This article contains the word ‘Kanaka’, the name used to describe South Sea Islanders who worked in the Sugar Industry.  This name is used today in the local community but it is important to note that some people are still deeply … Read more