Recent acquisitions at the State Library of Queensland

South Sea Islanders on a sugar plantation at Diddillibah, Queensland, 1906

The State Library has recently acquired two DVD’s documenting the history of Australian South Sea Islanders living in the Sunshine Coast region. These are important additions to the collections. Buderim : an Aboriginal and South Sea Islander history, documents the movements of Aboriginal and South Sea Islander Buderim residents and also looks at their role in more recent times. It includes personal accounts, stories and memories. The DVD is narrated by Lyndon Davis, a local Aboriginal artist and descendent of Gubbi Gubbi people. James Muller from Earth Base Productions directed the DVD.

Group of South Sea Islanders, Nambour, 1906

The second DVD is Australian South Sea Islanders : Stories from the Sunshine Coast, which contains interviews with Rex Eggmolesse, Pamela Blackman , and  Desmond 'Sonny' Byquar, and footage of a community visit to Bli Bli to see 'The Old Place' or 'Lot 71'. The DVD was recorded as part of “160 Characters” a project by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council and Floating Land 2011.

Australian South Sea Islanders - Stories from the Sunshine Coast DVD

Ruth Gardiner - Distributed Collection Co-ordinator, Research, Advocacy and Partnerships, State Library of Queensland.

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Deadly! Great to see the contributions and histories of our South Sea Island Queenslanders being recognised, told and available for all Queenslanders.