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Australian woman to retrace the steps of her 'blackbirded' father

Australian woman to retrace the steps of her 'blackbirded' father

Updated 9 November 2012, 10:35 AEST

Next year will mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival in Australia of the South Sea Islanders, and the South Sea Islander community wants people from the Pacific to be involved.

This weekend, 75-year-old Nasuven Enares will get the ball rolling by travelling to Vanuatu to re-enact events on the day her father was taken from his home island of Tanna by blackbirders in the late 1800s.

It is the first time such a journey has been re-enacted.

For Nasuven Enares, who is Chairwoman of the Australian South Sea Islanders Secretariat, it is a very personal journey.

Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Nasuven Enares, Chairwoman, Australian South Sea Islander Secretariat

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