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Australian South Sea Islanders Today

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’s collection since the early historical images dating back to 150 years ago.

Photographer Brian Rodgers

Railway crossing on the road heading towards Farleigh Sugar Mill, near Mackay, Queensland, 2000
View of smoke stack at Farleigh Sugar Mill near Mackay, Queensland
Percy and Roy Mooney's house in Habana in the Mackay district, Queensland
Percy and Roy Mooney outside their house in Habana near Mackay, Queensland
Roy Mooney holding a painting of himself when he was young in Habana, Queensland
Maud Corowa working in her office in Mackay, Queensland, 2000
Ken Backo, a machine operator for Boral Limited in Lakes Creek, Rockhampton, Queensland
Group of Australian South Sea Islander men watching the hungi pit in Lakes Creek, Rockhampton, Queensland
Children ride the merry-go-round on Recognition Day at Emmaus College, Rockhampton, Queensland
Les Tomarra near Bowen Queensland
Railway track laying machine in the Bowen region, Queensland
Paul Tatou operating a railway track laying machine near Bowen, Queensland
 Driving through the Glasshouse Mountains District,1935
Sandhills South Sea Islander Historical Cemetery at Joskeleigh, Queensland
Bob Parter's grave at the Sandhills South Sea Islander Historical Cemetery at Joskeleigh, Queensland
Old house belonging to the Malamoo family at Joskeleigh, Queensland
Cath Warcon and students at Taranganba State School, Queensland
Mick Parter in the workshop at Pierce Engineering Pty. Ltd. in Rockhampton, Queensland
Evelyn Parter, an Australian South Sea Islander, sitting inside her home in Joskeleigh, Queensland
Abandoned well at the site of the old sugar mill at Farnborough
Headstone of Robert Terare in the Bundaberg Cemetery, Queensland
Danny Tanner standing next to an Australian South Sea Islander grave at the Bundaberg Cemetery, Queensland