Accessing Australian South Sea Islander heritage, just off the Bruce Highway…

APE-024-01-0005 Raff's Sugar Plantation, Morayfield, Queensland, 1874.

Not far along the Bruce highway, to the north of Brisbane, the Queensland State Heritage Listed archaeological remains of Morayfield Plantation, after many years in private ownership, are being made available to the public once again as North Harbour Heritage Park Trail. Cane was grown here on a fertile river plain between 1867 and 1884, … 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

Welcome to the Pacific Libraries Network 16-19 September 2018

This week the State Library has been hosting 35 delegates as part of the Pacific Libraries Network.  The delegates are from the Pacific nations of American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. This dynamic group brings together a … Read more

Communities come together for Australian South Sea Islander 150 years Project

2nd march meeting @ the centre Beaudesert. Image supplied by Bronwyn Davies,Bronwyn Davies, Coordinator Cultural Services, Scenic Rim Regional Council

Guest blogger: Bronwyn Davies – Coordinator Cultural Services, Scenic Rim Regional Council Community Conversations have begun in Beaudesert between the Australian South Sea Islander community, the Mununjali elders and with the community around Beaudesert to progress planning a community commemoration to mark the arrival of the first South Sea Islanders as indentured labourers on the … Read more

Welcome to the Australian South Sea Islander Blog

Imelda Miller, blog coordinator, Queensland Museum

August 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the first arrival of Australian South Sea Islanders transported to Queensland. To commemorate this significant event this blog has been created to discuss, share and celebrate Australian South Sea Islander heritage, culture and stories. Over the following weeks, the Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery … Read more