Do you know who is in these photographs?

Many libraries and universities in Australia and elsewhere hold the collections of missionaries, researchers and other travellers to the Pacific Islands. This photograph of a gathering in Lambasa was taken by Archdeacon A.N. Williamson of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle during his travels to Fiji … [Read more...]

How to trace your Fijian family history

I have added a new page to explain the basics of tracing Fijian family history, called How Do I Trace My Family History? This page explains how to find birth, marriage and death certificates so that you can fill in a family tree, such as this one. Another useful form is a Family Group Sheet. This … [Read more...]

Not just Wikipedia

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...]

Ordering films in the new FamilySearch

FamilySearch, or what we used to know as the Family History Library, has an enormous number of resources for family historians in their library in Salt Lake City. They have travelled the world collecting original material by microfilming it, and these microfilms can be 'borrowed'. If you have a … [Read more...]

Fijian savages in Sydney, 1847

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 cannibals … [Read more...]

General information of the Feejee Islands, 1847

The Sydney Chronicle, an early Sydney newspaper, was published from 1846 to 1848. The following article about Fiji was published for the interest of readers. Despite the unusual spelling it gives a good picture of life at that time. THE FEEJEE ISLANDS. We have been favoured with some general … [Read more...]

Gazetteer of Central Polynesia, 1857

A gazetteer of Central Polynesia was published in the Sydney Morning Herald over some months in 1857. Included were placenames in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. It can be seen that the spelling is not what we know today, so be mindful of this when you search. I have added the articles making up the … [Read more...]

Blue Books

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

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

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...]