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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