Behind the Scenes Tour: Cultural Environments

Join a guided tour of the Museum's collection stores to discover Australian South Sea Islander historical treasures.

Sunday 18 August, 10am - 11am. Bookings essential.
Call 3840 7555 to book.
Adults $35 / Children (7 - 15 years) $15. MyMuseum members receive a 50% discount (limited time offer).
Suitable for children aged 7 and over.

South Sea Islanders in Queensland

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of 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 SLQ.

Memories from a Forgotten People

Presented as part of Memories from a Forgotten People 150 Years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland.

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 to 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.

Event Details

18 August 2013, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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