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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 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; … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander event – Bittersweet Queensland

Australian South Sea Islanders in traditional dress on Hamleigh plantation near Ingham Queensland ca. 1887. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 18054

Wed 21 Aug, 6pm | John Oxley Library, level 4, State Library of Queensland Free, bookings required 3840 7768 This year marks 150 years since the arrival of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. Today, more than 20,000 descendants identify as Australian South Sea Islanders and continue to enrich Queensland’s cultural diversity with their unique identity, … Read more

Australian South Sea Islander research discovery workshop

Collections from the John Oxley Library on display for the Australian South Sea Islander research discovery workshop

In anticipation of next year’s 150th anniversary of the first Australian South Sea Islanders to arrive in Queensland, the State Library of Queensland held a special Australian South Sea Islander research discovery workshop on 23 November 2012. The workshop was attended by a number of community members, as well as individuals interested in discovering more … Read more

Australian South Sea Islanders National Recognition Day

South Sea Islander labourers gathered around a drum outside a hut in Innisfail, ca.1902. State Library of Queensland. Negative number: 128210

Saturday the 25th August 2012 is the Australian South Sea Islanders National Recognition Day. In 1994, the Commonwealth Government officially recognised the Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI) as a distinct cultural group. This was followed by a formal Recognition Statement by the Queensland Government in September 2000, which also acknowledged the past injustices suffered by … Read more

Queensland’s migrant heritage on show during the John Oxley Library Discovery Day 2012

Display of collections at the John Oxley Library Discovery Day

As part of Queensland Week celebrations, the State Library of Queensland hosted the John Oxley Library Discovery Day on 2 June. This year’s theme was Queensland’s migrant heritage with a display of items from the historical collections of the John Oxley Library. These included old photographs, letters, diaries, maps, posters, books and more.    Part of this display focused on … Read more