Imelda Miller

Imelda began working at the Queensland Museum in 1993. She has worked across many museums roles working in major and regional cultural institutions; local and state government, small local museums and volunteer run organisations, in both paid and volunteer capacity. She brings to the job a breadth of experience working with objects and collections inside and outside of the traditional museum environment and spaces. This has included work on temporary and touring exhibitions, public programs, online collections, digital stories and collections. Imelda continues to engage and work collaboratively with many diverse and vibrant communities across Queensland and the Pacific, in particular Torres Strait Islanders and Australian South Sea Islanders communities.

Imelda's principal area of interest is the history of past, present and future of South Sea Islander labour in Queensland. She started this work when in 2000 when she assisted with the research and development behind touring exhibition 'Refined White'. This project followed the history of about 62,000 people, predominantly from the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, who were transported to Queensland between 1863 and 1904 as labour for the Queensland sugar industry. Her more recent achievements in 2013 include playing a major leading role in the Cultural Precinct Initiative collaboration, Memories of a Forgotten People: 150 years of Australian South Sea Islander Contributions to Queensland. A collaboration between the Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland and the Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art in 2013.


  • 2014 - From Here and There, Noosa Regional Art Gallery
  • 2013 - The Australian South Sea Islanders, The State Library of Queensland
  • 2012 - I’ve been working on the Railways, The Workshop Rail Museum, Ipswich, and Queensland Museum
  • 2011 - Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait, Queensland Museum
  • 2011 - My Island Homes, Floating Lands 2011, Cooroy Butter Factory
  • 2009 - Paperskin: Barkcloth across the Pacific. Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art collaboration with Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Queensland Museum.
  • 2001 - Refined White, Mackay City Library


  • 2013 - Memories from a Forgotten People: 150 years of Australian South Sea Islander contributions to Queensland, a Cross Precinct Initiative, a collaboration project between Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland and Queensland Art Gallery l Gallery of Modern Art
  • 2011 - The Torres Strait Islands; A celebration, a cross-cultural precinct collaboration between, Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Queensland, Queensland Museum and Queensland Performing Arts Complex, Brisbane


Pacific, Islanders, Queensland and Collections

Research project on the multiple and varied connections between Pacific peoples' identities and Queensland through Queensland Museum Collections.

Queensland Historical Atlas

Research project synthesising cross-disciplinary approaches in history, environmental studies, archaeology, anthropology and cultural geography to explore 'themes in the landscape' as a means to comprehend the diverse cultural and environmental histories of the State of Queensland.

Excavating Macgregor: re-connecting a colonial museum collection

A collaborative research initiative funded by the Australian Research Council with University of Sydney, Australian Museum and Queensland Museum.


Curator, Torres Strait Islander and Pacific Indigenous Studies, Cultures & Histories Program


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