Stop and Stare

Guest blogger: Dylan Mooney, artist. As an artist with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander heritage it is important to me to continue to represent and connect too all my cultural identities through my artwork.  Through my Australian South Sea Islander heritage I have strong connections to Mailata in the Solomon Islands … Read more

ASSI Community celebrates new exhibition, Plantation Voices

Australian South Sea Islander community enjoying the new exhibition Plantation Voices: Contemporary Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders

Plantation Voices: Contemporary conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders is now open until 8 September.  On 16 February with a special community event hosted by the State Library of Queensland to welcome the Australian South Sea Islander community and open the exhibition. Over 210 people from communities all along the eastern coastline came together to celebrate … Read more

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