Stories from Australian South Sea Islander Elders

The next time you are at State Library, take a look at “3 among many” .  The book is a collection of short stories from Mackay’s Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Australian South Sea Islander elders.  Enjoy photos and memories shared.

3 Among Many, State Library of Queensland

Stories range from nostalgic to funny.   Many stories talk about school years where Australian South Sea Islander students and many other cultures all attended school together, making lifelong friends.  Most mention work and religious aspects of daily life.   Along with school and work, we see stories of happy times. One writer talks about two boys who were riding a horse at Dumbleton when the horse got spooked and the boys fell off.  Injury came not from the fall but from the wounded pride brought about by the many friends and family who were watching and could not help laughing!

Australian South Sea Islander story compiler Grahame Fatnowna writes about the importance of capturing the stories not only for the wonderful content but for the messages that are conveyed to younger generations.  One message in particular stresses that we need to all learn about culture form the past.

State Library houses a wide range of resources about Australian South Sea Islanders.  Check out the catalogue here.

Catherine Cottle - Digital Collections Curator, State Library of Queensland



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