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Memories from a Forgotten People

Fan. Gaua Island, Solomon Islands. Collected 1883 - 1900. Women's waist ornament. Hog Harbour, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu. 1884. Queensland Government Australian South Sea Islander Official Recognition Statement. 7 September, 2000.To mark the contribution of Australian South Sea Islanders to Queensland over 150 years, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Queensland Art Gallery will present a range of exhibitions, projects and events from June to November 2013. 

Join us in recognising this important anniversary from 16 - 18 August with a weekend of exhibitions, workshops, discussions, tours and music across the Cultural Precinct, South Bank. Download the program (95 KB) pdf document icon and see what's happening across the Precinct.

Queensland Museum events

Marking the Mango Tree
Behind the Scenes: Cultural Environments
From the Curator's Desk

South Sea Islanders in Queensland

Between 1863 and 1904 some 62,000 people, predominately from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, were brought to work in Queensland's cotton and sugar plantations. There were men, women and children; some came by choice and others were tricked, coerced and "Blackbirded".

Australian South Sea Islanders are their descendents and in August we remember their ancestors, their history and their achievements over the last 150 years.

Discover more: our Assistant Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies, Imelda Miller, is blogging about South Sea Islander heritage, culture and stories for State Library of Queensland.

Event Details

10 August 2013 09:30 AM - 18 August 2013 05:00 PM
Admission charges apply for Behind the Scenes Tour: Cultural Environments

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