Below is a list of resources that may help you in your research or increasing your general knowledge about Australian South Sea Islander history.

Australian Human Rights Commission – eRace Archives
Historical information about Australian South Sea Islander history: “The Australian South Sea Islander community played a significant role in the development of Australia’s sugar and cotton industries”.


Queensland State Archives – Australian South Sea Islanders Records
Find online records of ship logs with names of Islanders brought to Australia, Government records pertaining to South Sea Islanders and historical resources. Watch the video below to find out how to search these online resources.


Picture Queensland
“Picture Queensland is an online collection of images that documents Queensland’s people, places and events. This includes historical and contemporary images from across the state.” Use the online search tool to find ASSI archival documents and photographs. Order digital or hard copy versions.


Blackbird International
“Established in 2003 as a small community project, Blackbird was founded on the single objective to reunite families of the descendants of those that were sent abroad during the Blackbirding era”.


Queensland Family History Society
Begin your family history research, join as a member, print and digital resources.”QFHS is committed to providing research resources in a pleasant, friendly environment and to providing suitable premises for members to spend time, both for educational purposes and as a meeting place to discuss shared interests”.


The Queensland State Library has digitised ASSI archival photos from it’s collection that are now out of copyright and accessible via Flickr. Search for terms like “Australian South Sea Islander” to discover a trove of black and white images taken over 100 years ago. Tag the images yourself to increase their searchability.

LINK: “Australian South Sea Islander” Search Results

Find newspaper articles, books, journals, maps and archival images by searching for key ASSI history words and phrases.

LINK: “Kanakas” Newspaper Search Results


• ASSI STORIES PROJECT (2014): View Online

• Australian South Sea Islanders 150 years: what does it mean? QSL / The Edge Project (2013): View Online

• ASSI Secretariat YouTube Channel: View Online

• South Sea Islanders Cutting Cane (1899). Original footage of South Sea Islanders cutting cane in Queensland: View Online