Australian South Sea Islander 150th anniversary
August 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. Between 1863 and 1904 some 62,000 people, predominately from Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, were brought to work in Queensland's cotton and sugar plantations. There were men, women and children; some came by choice and others were tricked, coerced and "Blackbirded". The 150th anniversary is an opportunity to share Australian South Sea Islander culture and history and recognise their significance to Queensland.
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