Australian South Sea Islander Symposium: A Time for Telling

Australian South Sea Islanders cutting sugar cane on a plantation at Bingera, Queensland, ca. 1905. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 171281

Australian South Sea Islanders cutting sugar cane on a plantation at Bingera, Queensland, ca. 1905

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. Join in a compelling conversation with Australian South Sea Islanders about their remarkable history and contemporary identity.

Speakers include: Joe Leo; Rowena Treive; Jeanette Kirk; Clive Moore; Alton Budd; Emelda Davis; Sonia Minniecon; Ralph Regenvanu; Imelda Miller; Krishna Nahow-Ryall; Gemma Tammock and Jasmine Togo-Brisby

Host: Sean Dorney – Pacific Correspondent for Australia Network (ABC)

Don”t miss out – book now!

When: Sat 17 Aug 2013, 10:00 am – 03:00 pm
Venue: State Library of Queensland, Auditorium 1, level 2
Cost: Free, bookings required
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Program includes:

Session 1 – A History Not Forgotten
This session is a time for telling the Australian South Sea Islander history in Queensland through both personal and family experiences and exploring how Queensland’s landscape hides many unspoken truths about our past.

Session 2 – Knowledge and Recognition
This session explores the idea of a ‘response’ and through knowing and recognising the injustices suffered by Australian South Sea Islanders, how does Queensland as a contemporary community respond? What does recognition mean and where will it lead us?

Session 3 – Island Connections
The session will explore individual and community strength through connections within Queensland and across island homes. Speakers will draw on their personal experiences, professional achievements, and observations.

Session 4 – Creative Memory
This session focuses on contemporary creative expressions of heritage and memory through the work of three Australian South Sea Islander artists

Community Digital Storytelling
Several digital stories will be screened

 

Part of Memories from a Forgotten People: 150 years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland on 16-18 August 2013 in the Queensland Cultural Precinct