Australian South Sea Islanders – Media coverage in Recognition of 150 years.

1) Mal Meninga and his brother Jeffrey’s heritage as Australian South Sea Islanders 2013

Mal Meninga and Jeffrey share their heritage as apart of Recognition of 150 years for South Sea Islanders and their ancestors. Hailing from Tanna Island the Meninga name is linked to Paramount Chief blood lines. The Vanuatu Prime Minister has called for an apology.

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0NABf4pvO0&list=UUGSKkiIABidVxITnwfBTerA&index=2

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2) Sunny Side plantation Bundaberg QLD – 29 bodies memorial service.

Ground penetrating radar proves the graves exist on Sunny Side plantation. Tributes for the first service of unmarked graves for Bundaberg and there are many more sites like this. Matt Nagas master of ceremonies.

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmsphWyPzbo&list=UUGSKkiIABidVxITnwfBTerA&index=1 

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3) Blackbirding History to be apart of Vanuatu school curriculum 2013

Robert Mann shares his story about his great grandfather from Ambrym Island and being blackbirded. The trade of Pacific Islanders forcibly shipped to Northern Australia to work on sugar and cotton plantations was known as ‘blackbirding’. The majority were taken from Vanuatu, where the Government is now putting the dark chapter of the country’s history back on the education agenda. (Vanuatu footage compliments of ASSI.PJ)

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AiGZw6TvTpc&list=UUGSKkiIABidVxITnwfBTerA

ABC afternoon News 24 – Australian South Sea Islanders 2013 

Australian South Sea Islanders proper Recognition requires inclusion of ASSI history across the board from a national perspective as seen with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History.

Watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELSKjwmMFbk&feature=c4-overview&list=UUGSKkiIABidVxITnwfBTerA

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Emelda Davis – President
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