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...]

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...]