• Mal Meninga in Who Do You Think You Are, season 8 (SBS)Source: SBS
Mal Meninga goes on a deeply personal quest to discover if his family's cultural history has roots in one of Australia's darker chapters of forced immigration.
22 Aug 2016 - 9:27 AM  UPDATED 6 Sep 2016 - 12:14 PM

Mal Meninga is a man of huge status in the world of Rugby League. He is also a highly respected member Australia’s South Sea Islander community, descendants of the indentured labourers brought from the Pacific Islands to work the Queensland cane fields amid accusations of kidnapping, slavery, racism and mistreatment.

With a new family of three young children, Mal is keen to pass his heritage on, but his knowledge of his ancestry is foggy.

Older South Sea Islanders were reluctant to talk about their troubled past, and many were illiterate, so there are few written records. It’s a knowledge gap felt keenly by many in the community, who see parallels in their experience with the “stolen generation”.

Mal must unravel conflicting accounts of why his ancestor left the islands– was he tricked or was he looking for adventure and opportunity?

Watch the first seven seasons of Who Do You Think You Are in full - streaming now at SBS On Demand.  

Join stars Julia Morris, Peter Garrett, Delta Goodrem, Rachel Griffiths, Mal Meninga, Jane Turner, Shane Jacobson and John Newcombe in Season Eight of Who Do You Think You Are. Starts Tuesday 13th September at 7.30pm (AEST) on SBS.

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