Lived Identities

  • Queensland Government Recognition Statement Australian South Sea Islander Community. Presented to Community elders by The Hon Peter Beattie, Premier of Queensland, Queensland Museum collection.

  • Australian South Sea Islander Recognition Ceremony, Parliament House, Brisbane, 7 September 2000, Queensland Museum collection.

  • A group of South Sea Islanders gathered near a hut, Burrum Park via Howard, Queensland, c. 1890, Queensland Museum collection.

  • Home Bush Mission Hall, 2000. Image courtesy of State Library of Queensland.

    Australian South Sea Islander communities are researching their histories, in order to ensure an enduring sense of identity, heritage, and to reveal deeper stories that will have a continuing meaning for future generations. A new project titled Archaeology, collections and Australian South Sea Islander lived identities – a collaboration partnership between Australian South Sea Islander organisations in Ayr, Mackay, Rockhampton, and Joskeleigh and researchers from Queensland Museum, University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Federation University – commenced in 2019. This project integrates the perspectives of historical archaeology, museology, cultural landscapes, and heritage studies. 

    Read more about the project

    This is a collaborative research initiative generously funded by the Australian Research Council with University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Federation University and Queensland Museum as partners.

    Project Partners

    Queensland Museum is pleased to partner with the following organisations for this important project.
    Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association
    Rockhampton Australian South Sea Islander Community
    Ayr Australian South Sea Islander community
    University of Sydney
    University of Queensland
    Federation University
    Queensland University of Technology