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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

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



Guest blogger: Emelda Davis – President, Australian South Sea Islanders (Port Jackson) Limited The Australian South Sea Islanders – Port Jackson (ASSI.PJ) formally invite you to participate as a delegate from your organisation or as an individual community member at this year’s WANTOK 2013 National Capacity Building Forum being funded under the Australian Commonwealth Government’s ‘Community … Read more

Podcast – A time for telling

Australian South Sea Islanders have a unique identity and heritage that has been enriching Queensland’s cultural diversity for 150 years. 2013 marks a time for telling and sharing memories, stories, and ideas. Listen to Australian South Sea Islanders discuss heir remarkable history and contemporary identity. Speakers include: Joe Leo; Rowena Treive; Jeanette Kirk; Clive Moore; … Read more