Movie: Eseta Aholelei

Eseta Aholelei is a technical officer for the Cultural Collections. She tells us about her cultural history.

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Finton Mahony
Eseta Aholelei


My name is Eseta Ahohelei. I was born in Sydney and grew up in Sydney. My father has heritage from England and Ireland, and my mother has mainly Tongan heritage with Samoan and Fijian as well. So I’ve got a well-balanced heritage.

I first came to the museum in – really to look for references or inspiration for artwork that I’m doing, and I found a lot more than that, so a lot more of my cultural heritage.

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