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Launch Abara-Banaba - Pacific in Australia Conference Brisbane


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The Australian launch of ABARA BANABA was held at the recent four day - 'The Pacific in Australia - Australia in The Pacific Conference' between Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 January 2006 at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Carseldine campus, Brisbane.  Ken Sigrah and Stacey King, spokespersons for ABARA BANABA had two papers/abstracts accepted and they were presented at the conference. A highlight of the conference was young Banaban academic Dr Katerina Teaiwa as a keynote speaker from the University of Hawaii.




The conference highlighted Australian excellence in disciplinary and interdisciplinary humanities research, scholarship and tertiary teaching about the Pacific Islands and included the launch of AAAPS, (the Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies), an initiative to promote the teaching and study of the Pacific Islands in Australian Universities. Nationally Australians have maintained a major role in Pacific Studies research and could fairly be said to lead several fields in a global context. It is also pleasing that this conference also launched the platform for a long overdue national organization to promote teaching and research in Pacific Studies. The conference welcomed delegates and encouraged collaboration, collegiality and dialogue over the the four days of meetings, dialogue/forum and paper presentations. The conference also was a forum for the research, presentation and preservation carried out by archives, museums and galleries as well as university teaching and research. 

The conference was supported by ICE-APS (the federally-funded International Centre of Excellence in Asian and Pacific Studies), The Asia Pacific Futures Research Network (APRFN), the Centre for Social Change Research (QUT), the Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC) and the Centre for Social Change Research and QPACifika (a Southeast Queensland Performing Arts project).


Keynote speakers and plenary sessions included:


  • Dr Ian Galloway, Director, Queensland Museum, Brisbane
  • Mr Ewan Maidment, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Canberra
  • Dr Jim Specht, Retired, Australia Museum, Sydney
  • Dr Katerina Teaiwa, University of Hawaii
  • Prof Paul Turnbull, Griffith University, Brisbane
  • Dr Peter Larmour, Australian National University
  • Dr Claire Rawnsley, University of Queensland
  • Prof Margaret Jolly, Australian National University



Banabans - Dr Katerina Teaiwa and Ken Sigrah discussing Banaban issues during conference

Interim President AAAPS - Associate Prof. Grant  McCall  and Stacey King at the Banaba Audio Visual Display at conference



The themes of the conference included:




Hunters and Collectors



Oceanic Themes




Photography and Film

Art and Artists




Papua New Guinea


Some of the conference delegates enjoying a break during the conference Banaban academic - Dr Katerina Teaiwa giving Keynote address 'Choreographing Pacific Studies: Reflections on Culture Moves and the preforming arts in Oceania.'

Conference delegates Dr John Harrison, Stacey King and Cathryn Morriss enjoying networking session on Banaban issues.

Copy of letter to Australian Government calling on recognition for Banaba's contribution to Australia history - Drafted and signed by conference delegates


The following papers/abstracts were written and delivered as 20 minute Power Point presentations  by the Banaban delegation. Copies are now available for download by clicking on the  'DOWNLOAD NOW'  highlighted link. These files are large and depending on the speed of your modem can take some time to download. Larger versions of the images shown on this page can be viewed by 'double clicking' on each image.

A copy of our Banaban Papers/Abstracts are available as a  .pdf format which requires Acrobat Reader to read it. To get a FREE copy of Acrobat Reader 




INDEX - Australia - Pacific 2006 Papers/Abstracts

Session Theme:  The Pacific and Australia - Australia in the Pacific; Humanities research - History
 Title: AUSTRALIA-BANABA RELATIONS; the price of shaping a nation is now a call for recognition
 Authors: Stacey King & Ken Raobeia Sigrah
 Presenter: Stacey King
 File size: 928KB    Paper size: 11,793 words
 Session Theme:  Hunting the collectors; Pacific collections in Australian galleries, museums and archives - Collections
 Title: BANABA-OCEAN ISLAND CHRONICLES: Private collections and indigenous record keeping proving fact from fiction
 Authors:  Ken Raobeia Sigrah & Stacey King
 Presenter: Ken Raobeia Sigrah
 File size: 801KB   Paper size: 10,877 words


The Banaban delegation would like to thank Associate Professor Grant McCall, UNSW  and Dr Max Quanchi from QUT for their invitation to attend this conference.

It was a wonderful opportunity for our Banaban delegation to once again present the Banaban case and to use this conference to launch an Australian campaign of ABARA BANABA. It was very encouraging to meet with so many talented and prominent Pacific specialists and the many offers of support we received.

We would also like to thank all those conference delegates that drafted and signed a LETTER calling on the Australian Government to recognise the Banabans contribution to Australian history.

If you would like any further information on our papers of the oral presentations at this launch, please contact us at -