150th Commemoration of the arrival of South Sea Islanders in Queensland

A very special day was held at Ormiston House recently to commemorate the arrival of South Sea Islanders in Queensland. Over 60,000 South Sea Islanders came to work initially on the cotton fields and then moving into sugar cane. Their journeys, which was arduous, were voiced in an emotional re-enactment of a single boys journey, “Story of a boy called Toupay”. Everyone was given a chance to talk about their experiences and the older generation gave emotional accounts of their family histories.

The event was organised by Nasuven Enares and was opened by Councillor Helen Abrahams. Pacific Island food was provided along with traditional Pacific Island dancing.

All images are copyright Lynette Rees Photography 2013, specialising in portraiture and events in the Redlands.

An image of one of the early ships used to bring South Sea Islanders to Queensland

An image of one of the early ships used to bring South Sea Islanders to Queensland

Organiser, Nasuven Enares

Organiser, Nasuven Enares

Listening to the speeches

Listening to the speeches

Attending officials listen to the speeches

Attending officials listen to the speeches

Listening to speeches

Listening to speeches

Nasuven thanks Meg O'Driscoll

Nasuven thanks Meg O’Driscoll

Relaxing in the grounds

Relaxing in the grounds

Period costume

Period costume

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Councillor Wendy Boglary

Councillor Wendy Boglary

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Councillor Helen Abrahams

Councillor Helen Abrahams

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Catching up with friends

Pacific Island Dancing

Pacific Island Dancing

Pacific Island Dancing

Pacific Island Dancing

"Story of a boy called Toupay"

“Story of a boy called Toupay”

"Story of a boy called Toupay"

“Story of a boy called Toupay”

"Story of a boy called Toupay"

“Story of a boy called Toupay”

Emotional personal histories

Emotional personal histories

Stalls selling Pacific Island produce

Stalls selling Pacific Island produce

Pacific Island dancer

Pacific Island dancer

 

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