ASSI collections

Queensland Museum collections

Explore the objects that represent Australian South Sea Islander culture held in collections across Queensland.

Queensland Museum holds over 700 objects in our Australian South Sea Islanders Kastom collection that tell the stories of movement of people from islands in the Pacific to Queensland and the personal objects they brought with them. Through the project we are exploring objects connecting South Sea Islander history and identity. We aim to develop an understanding of objects valued by the community that are held in public and private collections locally, interstate and internationally. As part of the project we aim to digitise as many Queensland Museum collection objects as we can to make them available online. 

Explore more Australian South Sea Islander Kastom objects in the Queensland Museum Collection.

Feature objects

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