Lived Identities

Explore some of the archives and resources that tell Australian South Sea Islander histories.

Today Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland feel an urgency in relation to recording local heritage: both the tangible, landscape features threatened by decay or continuing development; and the intangible, knowledge held by the rapidly aging generation of elders who are the last generation who had direct contact with former plantation labourers.

Mackay Library

Queensland State Archives

State Library of Queensland

Selected Bibliography

  • Journeys to Sugaropolis (2013).Gold Coast City Council
  • A Community History of the Homebush Mission Hall 1892-1996(1995). Cristine Andrew and Rosemary Kennedy, Mackay, Qld.
  • Fields of Sorrow: Oral History of the Mackay South Sea Islanders (Kanakas) and their Descendents (2000). Cristine Andrew and Penny Cook (eds.), Mackay, Qld.
  • Australian South Sea Islanders’ Narratives of Belonging (2015). Clive Moore. In Farzana Gounder (ed.), Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands, Pp. 155-176 John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • 3 among many: a collection of life stories from Mackay's Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islander elders (2000). Justin Doyle, Grahame Fatnowna, Teleai Ketchell, Info Pub.
  • History and the South Sea Islanders on the Tweed (1994). Johnny Ithong, Coolangatta, Qld.
  • The Trail of Endurance: A Journey from Paradise. South Sea Island Cultural Mapping Project (2002). Peter Panochni, Livingstone Shire Council
  • The South Sea Islander Garden of Memories (1998). South Sea Islanders Tree Naming Project Committee, Mackay City Council.
  • Refined White: The Story of How South Sea Islanders Came to Cut Sugar Cane in Queensland and Made History Refining the White Australia Policy (2000). M. Berry, Innisfail, QLD: Australian Sugar Industry Museum