Suva Stories

Suva Stories

A History of the Capital of Fiji

Edited by: Nicholas Halter orcid

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Suva Stories explores a fascinating tapestry of histories in one of the Pacific’s oldest and most culturally diverse urban centres, the capital of Fiji. Charting the trajectory of Suva from indigenous village to colonial hub to contemporary Pacific metropolis, it draws on a rich colonial archive and moving personal memoirs that bear witness to their time. The diverse contributions in this volume form a complex mosaic of urban lives and histories that contribute fresh insights into historical and ongoing debates about race, place and belonging. Suva Stories is a valuable companion to those seeking to engage with the city’s pasts and present, and will prompt new conversations about history and memory in Fiji.


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Sep 2022
ANU Press
Pacific Series
Arts & Humanities: History
Pacific: Fiji

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Part 1. Foundations

  1. The Prehistory of Suva (PDF, 0.4MB)Paul Geraghty [doi]
  2. Suva and the Fate of the Polynesia Company (PDF, 1.4MB)Max Quanchi [doi]
  3. The Making of a Capital: A Social History of Suva, 1870–1882 (PDF, 2.0MB)Robert Nicole [doi]
  4. The Making of a Capital: A Social History of Suva, 1882–1890 (PDF, 1.7MB)Robert Nicole [doi]
  5. Early Suva Fijians – A View Through Sere Makawa (PDF, 0.7MB)Simione Sevudredre [doi]
  6. The Grand Old Man and the Prince of Thieves (PDF, 0.1MB)Anurag Subramani [doi]

Part 2. Creations

  1. Piecing Together a History of Suva Prison (PDF, 0.5MB)Nicholas Halter [doi]
  2. Visibly Hidden in Suva: St Giles (PDF, 0.8MB)Jacqueline Leckie [doi]
  3. Supreme Court Stories: Narrating Violence in Suva Streets and Homes (PDF, 0.5MB)Kate Stevens [doi]
  4. Race Relations in Colonial Suva, 1945–1970 (PDF, 2.1MB)Robert Norton [doi]
  5. Methodist Schools in Suva in the Colonial Era (PDF, 0.9MB)Christine Weir [doi]
  6. From Laucala Bay to the Region: The University of the South Pacific (PDF, 1.1MB)Jacqueline Leckie [doi]

Part 3. Reflections

  1. Swimming under the Ivi Tree: Ratu Sukuna Park, Land Reclamation and Family Connections (PDF, 1.2MB)Kaliopate Tavola [doi]
  2. Suva – Once a Colonial Town (PDF, 1.0MB)Daryl Tarte [doi]
  3. Where Is My Home and Where Is My Heart? (PDF, 1.1MB)Kantilal Jinna [doi]
  4. Raiwaqa and the Playhouse (PDF, 1.2MB)Larry Thomas [doi]
  5. Minority Melanesians in Suva (PDF, 0.5MB)Anawaite Matadradra [doi]
  6. Suva: Resilient Coup Capital? (PDF, 0.2MB)Vijay Naidu [doi]
  7. Wailea (PDF, 0.2MB)Brij V Lal [doi]

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