FIJI RESOURCES

Fiji, and other island nations of the South Pacific, are little known except as destinations for tropical holidays in “paradise”. Through Fiji Islands Mysteries, I aim to portray these beautiful islands and their peoples in a more complex and realistic way.

For readers who want to learn more about Fiji, here are a few books and website links to get you started
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Fiji’s People​

  • Thomas Williams, Fiji and the Fijians Vol 1, The Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji, 1982.

First published in London in 1858, this insight into Fijian life in the mid-19th century is a classic of anthropology.

  • Rajendra Prasad, Tears in Paradise: A Personal and Historical Journey 1879-2004, Glade Publishers, NZ, 2004.

Prasad traces the story of the ethnic Indian people in Fiji.

  • Stewart Firth & Daryl Tarte, 20th Century Fiji: People Who Shaped This Nation, University of the South Pacific (USP), Fiji, 2001.
     

  • The Fiji Museum, Suva.

Information on the museum’s collections, research and conservation projects.

  • Dulcie Stewart’s blog “Fragmented Identities: the journey of a kailoma", documents her continuing research on the part-European people (kailoma) of Fiji.

Natural Environment

  • Paddy Ryan, Fiji’s Natural Heritage, Exisle Publishing Ltd, Auckland, NZ, 2000.

A comprehensive scientific account for the general reader, with a wealth of great photographs.

  • Mamanuca Environment Society (MES)

Inspiring in itself, the MES website has useful links to similar groups in Fiji.

History

  • Mary Wallis, Life in Feejee: Five Years Among the Cannibals, The Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji, 1983.

First published in 1851 in Boston, Wallis observed first-hand the conflicts in Fiji in the 1840s.

This readable narrative traces the origins and subsequent history of Pacific islanders up to the present day.

A respected scholarly journal for Pacific area historical research.

Economy and society

A wide-ranging research journal for the social sciences, edited and produced by USP.

 

Fiji Holidays

  • Official Website of Tourism Fiji

More specialised information
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