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Janet Ambrose talks to us about Australian South Sea Islanders

Janet Ambrose talks to us about Australian South Sea Islanders

Have you ever heard of Australian South Sea Islanders? I hadn't until I was lucky enough to meet Janet. Australian South Sea Islanders were brought to Queensland between 1863 to 1904 from more than 80 islands in the South Sea, including the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Kidnapped or tricked (known as blackbirded) from their islands of heritage, and brought to Queensland as labourers for the sugar cane industry, history suggests this was part of Australia’s slave trade, and at its peak, the recruiting accounted for half the adult male population of some South Sea islands. Artist,...

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