Shennie Yasserie discovered her family’s slavery past when she found shackles in a cane shed. She speaks about the history and how it relates to this year’s 150th anniversary.
This story is part of a megastory to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Australian South Sea Islanders. Visit the megastory at http://citizenj.edgeqld.org.au/megastories.
2013 marks 150 years since the first Pacific Islanders were brought to Australia. Some came willingly, many were tricked, some were kidnapped. They worked in cane and other primary industries (predominantly in Queensland) and were in many cases essentially slaves. The descendants of those workers are Australian South Sea Islanders.
This story was produced by Shennie Yasserie as part of the Australian South Sea Islander Multimedia Storytelling Workshop hosted by CitizenJ at The Edge, State Library of Queensland 25-27 June, 2013 and delivered in partnership with the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and Griffith University.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.
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