Narrative of the US Exploring Expedition 1845 – Charles Wilkes USN

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...]

Historical Records of Australia

The Historical Records of Australia was an attempt to make the records of the Colonial Office relevant to the Australian colonies available here in Australia. Series One was published  in 26 volumes in 1914-1925 and consists of the New South Wales Governors' despatches to and from England. These … [Read more...]

Polynesian Reminiscences – T Pritchard (1866)

William Thomas Pritchard (1829-1907) was the first British Consul to Fiji from 1858 until his dismissal in 1863. Pritchard took the first offer of cession of the Fiji Islands to Britain in 1858, and has many stories to tell about his work as Consul and the people he dealt with - chiefs, settlers, … [Read more...]

Pacific Manuscript Bureau

The Pacific Manuscripts Bureau is an organisation of libraries specializing in Pacific Island research, based in the College of Asia Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. It copies archives, manuscripts and rare printed material relating to the islands of the Pacific, making it … [Read more...]

Registers of Seamen’s Services at The National Archives

The National Archives in England has records of the Royal Navy. The Registers of Seamen's Services (ADM 188) includes 7 men were stated they were born in Fiji. The names are: Oliver Rupert Griffiths, 1900 Nikola Qumivutia, 1900 Frank Clay, 1889 William Hamilton Matthews, 1888 James … [Read more...]

Indian immigration passes 1879-1919

Indian immigration passes from 1879 to 1919 held by the National Archives of Fiji have been microfilmed on 42 reels. The passes contain the migrant’s depot number, gender, name, caste, father’s name, age, district of origin, registration, and certification of authorities in India about mental and … [Read more...]

The Journals Of Robert Sherson Swanston 1857-1885

Robert Sherson Swanston was a "trader, arrived in Fiji, 1857, and settled there with the intention of introducing sheep and cattle. He became Secretary for Native Affairs under the Cakobau Government, 1872-3, and was influential in the development of constitutional government. He was also … [Read more...]

Voyages to the South Seas, Indian and Pacific Oceans – Edmund Fanning (1838)

Edmund Fanning (1769-1841) was an American explorer and sea-captain who made a number of voyages to the Pacific Ocean. This book describes a number of voyages to the South Seas, the Pacific Ocean and China, including two to the Feejee Islands in 1806-1809 in search of sandalwood on the Sandalwood … [Read more...]

Births, Marriages and Deaths

Church records In Fiji, as in other countries, baptisms, marriages and burials were recorded by the various churches. The first missionaries, of the Wesleyan Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches, were concerned with the conversion of souls and kept good records of baptisms and … [Read more...]

Land and Property

The Family History Library has a good selection of documents available for land and property in Fiji. Not all are available at Family History Centers in Fiji. Here is a selection of the documents relevant to historical research. Certificates of title for land Fiji. Registrar-General's Office. 36 … [Read more...]

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