Multicultural Queensland

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Exhibitions celebrating cultural diversity in Queensland throughout our history.
A Unique History: Australian South Sea Islanders in Queensland
Australian South Sea Islanders are a distinct cultural group who are the descendents of predominantly Melanesian people brought to Queensland between 1863 and 1904 from the Pacific Islands. This Queensland State Archives display features records relating to the recruitment, indenture, deportation and repatriation of South Sea Islanders (late 1800s, early 1900s) and highlights examples of more recent records including enrolment and school records.
Exhibition ID: 6
At Home in New Holland: the Dutch in Queensland
The connection between Queensland and the Netherlands started with the landing on Cape York of the Dutch vessel Duyfken in 1606. Since free settlement commenced in 1842 many Dutch people have made Queensland their home. Did you know that the state soccer team, Queensland Roar, are the latest incarnation of the Hollandia team? This exhibition contains photographs, immigration records, examples of land records as well as numerous other items pertaining to the Dutch presence in Queensland.
Exhibition ID: 9
Céud Míle Fáilte: Scots in Queensland
From the state's earliest beginnings, the Scots have had a deep and abiding influence on the development of Queensland. The contribution of the Scottish community in Queensland has been selected to feature in Queensland State Archives' Harmony Day celebrations in 2013. The records in this exhibition have been chosen from Queensland State Archives' collection to highlight the history of Scottish settlers and their descendants in Queensland.
Exhibition ID: 50
Chinese in Queensland: Stories from the Records
Queensland and China have close links dating back to some of the earliest days of the Colony. Chinese in Queensland: Stories from the Records reflects on this relationship and the Chinese community’s contribution to the building of Queensland. The exhibition includes court records, land records, naturalisation documents, photographs and other documents providing insight into the lives and times of Chinese residents in Queensland.
Exhibition ID: 17
Citizens of the World: the Greeks in Queensland
Explore the contribution of Queensland’s Greek community to the economic and cultural life of Queensland. From Lady Diamantina Bowen in 1859 to the fun and games of Expo 88, Greeks have been an important part of the fabric of Queensland life. This exhibition includes photographs, newspaper clippings, items relating to the Greek earthquake appeal and many other items which illustrate the Greek presence in Queensland. This exhibition was created for Harmony Day.
Exhibition ID: 8
Germans in Queensland
From the early days of German immigration to Moreton Bay to the present time, the German community has made significant contributions to all aspects of Queensland life. The German community in Queensland has been selected to feature in Queensland State Archives' Harmony Day celebrations in 2012. In this exhibition, there are records from Queensland State Archives' collection which highlight the history of German settlers and their descendants in Queensland.
Exhibition ID: 34
La Dolce Vita: Italians in Queensland
Italians have had a distinct influence on Queensland society and our multicultural heritage since they first arrived in the new colony. The separation of Queensland from New South Wales in 1859 presented an opportunity for a better life especially for those seeking an escape from poverty during Italy’s unification.
Exhibition ID: 21
To Queensland with love: the Russians
Although the Russian presence in Australia dates back to the early 19th Century it was the post 1917 immigration of 'White' Russians' fleeing the Bolshevik Revolution which established the institutions and cultural traditions in Queensland. The Russian population of Queensland was little more than 1000 in 1930 however this small yet dynamic group achieved a lot for the community.
Exhibition ID: 35
Last updated 9 September 2016
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