Not just Wikipedia

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Wikipedia has become the go-to source for an initial overview of any topic, from American history to episodes of Doctor Who. Historical figures are usually well-represented, and I can look up King Henry VIII or Captain James Cook and get a fairly good idea of his life. But what if the person you … [Read more...]

Fijian savages in Sydney, 1847

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Apparently the Fijian natives who were brought to Sydney in the 1840s as ships' crew and so on made a nuisance of themselves once they were left to their own devices. This article shows the difference in the cultures of the Fijians and Europeans. THE FEEJEE SAVAGES THESE fiendish looking … [Read more...]

Blue Books

Fiji Blue Book 1893

Blue books were used to send data back to the Colonial Office in London about how the Colony was doing. Every Colony had to send one every year, including Fiji. From what I can find out they started in 1876 and finished in 1940. The task usually fell to the office of the Colonial Secretary. Blue … [Read more...]

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

HCPP Fiji

Before Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874 there was quite a bit of documentation flowing backwards and forwards between various members of the British Government, and much of it was printed and distributed for the benefit of the Members of the House of Commons. Once Fiji became a colony there … [Read more...]

Picture Australia

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Picture Australia is the National Library of Australia website devoted to pictures, also available through Trove, the National Library of Australia's umbrella site for searching books, journals, newspapers, maps, pictures, diaries and letters, and much more. Pictures are contributed from all over … [Read more...]

Narrative of the US Exploring Expedition 1845 – Charles Wilkes USN

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In 1838 a special squadron of the United States Navy was ordered into the Pacific Ocean to chart hazards and gather scientific knowledge. After an expedition of four years Charles Wilkes, commander of the squadron,  compiled a narrative of the voyage from the journals of his officers and scientists. … [Read more...]