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Fragments of empire : a history of the western Pacific High Commission, 1877-1914

Scarr, Deryck

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During the nineteenth century Britain{u2019}s overseas administrative responsibilities related not only to her major colonial dependencies but also to a multitude of small territories and islands, whither her citizens were drawn by evangelism or the lure of trade. Pre-eminent among such areas were the Western Pacific islands, where Britons seeking to collect copra, grow cotton, and recruit labourers for plantations in Fiji and Queensland constituted a problem in law and order. In 1877 the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorScarr, Deryck
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-18T05:58:02Z
dc.date.available2017-04-18T05:58:02Z
dc.date.copyright1967
dc.identifier.otherb1117915
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/114893
dc.description.abstractDuring the nineteenth century Britain{u2019}s overseas administrative responsibilities related not only to her major colonial dependencies but also to a multitude of small territories and islands, whither her citizens were drawn by evangelism or the lure of trade. Pre-eminent among such areas were the Western Pacific islands, where Britons seeking to collect copra, grow cotton, and recruit labourers for plantations in Fiji and Queensland constituted a problem in law and order. In 1877 the Governor of the recently ceded Crown Colony of Fiji was appointed High Commissioner and Consul-General; his duties included the control of the operations of his own nationals as well as treating with and advising the embryonic native governments of Samoa and Tonga. The present book is largely concerned with the various High Commissioners{u2019} efforts to carry out their difficult task, made more difficult by inadequate financial resources. The author has looked at the local scene in detail: the fluid socio-political system of Samoa, the rigid hierarchical structure of Tonga, the relations between islanders, traders, recruiters, and planters in the New Hebrides, Solomon, and Gilbert Islands. This well-documented study reflects the author{u2019}s thorough acquaintance with local conditions and with the intricacies of imperial policy which should be of great value to the scholar, while the colourful nature of the subject and the vigorous way the story of the islands is unfolded will appeal greatly to the general reader.
dc.format.extent367 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralian National University Press
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.subject.lcshGreat Britain. High Commission for Western Pacific Islands
dc.subject.lcshIslands of the Pacific History
dc.subject.lcshIslands of the Pacific Colonization
dc.subject.lcshGreat Britain Colonies Islands of the Pacific
dc.titleFragments of empire : a history of the western Pacific High Commission, 1877-1914
dc.typeBook
dc.date.issued1967
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
dc.date.updated2017-04-18T05:58:01Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenanceThis republication is part of the digitisation project being carried out by Scholarly Information Services/Library and ANU Press under the provisions of Section 200AB of the Copyright Act, 1968 - http://www6.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/legis/cth/consol_act/ca1968133/s200ab.html
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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