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Today is Australian South Sea Islanders National Recognition Day

Today marks 26 years ago the Commonwealth Government formally recognised Australian South Seas Islanders as a distinct cultural group.

It recalls some 60,000 who were black birded while some 15,000 who lost their lives in the process.

On the 25th August 1994, the Commonwealth recognized Australian South Sea Islanders as a distinct cultural group.

More than 60,000 men, women and children were brought to Queensland 150 years ago, building the sugarcane industry and others.

Their sacrifice will not be forgotten

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