The majesty of colour : a life of Sir John Bates Thurston
John Bates Thurston began life, he said, aboard a barque bound for India - as a 13-year-old apprentice in love with the sea. Some years later, marooned in the South Seas after a shipwreck, he elected to stay on in Fiji. From being Acting British Consul and cotton planter he rose to be Governor of Fiji and High Commissioner of the Western Pacific, the office he held up to his death in 1897. Dr Scarr has delved into diaries, private letters, official correspondence and newspapers to reconstruct...[Show more]
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