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...]

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...]

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 ┬áin 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┬áRegisters 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...]

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