Australian South Sea Islanders Today

Photographer Brian Rodgers

More than 1000 contemporary images donated by photographer Brian Rogers to the State Library of Queensland begin to document the people and places that make up the many Australian South Sea Islander communities along Queensland's coast.

In 2000, an exhibition called Refined White was developed by the Australian Sugar Industry Museum in Mourilyan in north Queensland.  During its development, a suite of contemporary black and white images was taken to complement a selection of historical images from the John Oxley Library.  These images reflected the themes of Work, Family, Food, Religion, and Recreation.  This collection of images is the first major contribution of Australian South Sea Islander life to the State Library‚Äôs collection since the early historical images dating back to 150 years ago.