The Fiji Museum hosted two of our colleagues from the Culture Division of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in Tonga. Ms. Senolita Fonokalafi, the Senior Cultural Programme Officer and Ms. Milika Pomana who is responsible for the revamping of the Tongan National Museum are recipients of the South-South Exchange Program (NZ funded) and organized by the Pacific Community (SPC) in Suva. The purpose of the exchange program was to inundate our two Tongan colleagues on systems and mechanisms of operating a museum which will aid them in setting up the inactive Tongan Museum. During the exchange the two Tongans got to understudy and learn basics of museum works with the different Departments at the Fiji Museum which culminated in a final presentation by the two individuals to the Fiji Museum Director and staff on lessons learnt and recommendations for the Fiji Museum. A very practical experience indeed for both Fiji Museum staff and the two Tongans. We wish our Tongan colleagues well in their pursuit to revamp the National Museum of Tonga. Malo! ... See MoreSee Less
Located in the heart of Suva’s central business district, the banks of the creek is home to renowned business enterprises including MHCC (formerly Morris Hedstrom, pictured on the left) and other prominent businesses like Tappoo City, apparently not constructed yet when this shot was taken. Numerous developments took place since then, resulting in a completely transformed view of the area as seen today.
Photographed by Robert Katzenberg (1919-2006), a US soldier stationed in Fiji with the United States Armed Forces between 1943 and 1944. Katzenberg's keen interest in photography captured fascinating scenes of Fiji using colour-transparencies. His collections of images captured during his posting to Fiji were recently donated to the Fiji Museum by his daughter, Barbara Katzenberg. ... See MoreSee Less
“Lialia? 'Madness', Indigenous Fijians and the Erasure of Historical Memory in Colonial Fiji”, presented by Dr Jacqueline Leckie.
Dr Leckie is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Otago, New Zealand. Her research is on the anthropology and history of Asia-Pacific, especially mental health, migration, gender, heritage, ethnicity, and labour. Jacqui is currently writing a history of USP for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018. Her seminar this week will discuss the way the terms 'madness' and 'erasure' are suggestive of how the label of craziness (lialia) could marginalize and silence Fijians with aberrant and dissident actions and thought from historical memory. The most extreme silencing and erasure of insanity from the community was when Fijians were committed to Fiji's lunatic asylum. Originally founded in 1884 as the Public Lunatic Asylum and functioning today as St Giles Psychiatric Hospital is one of the Pacific's longest functioning hospitals. Mental illness within Fijian communities has received little attention but her research has revealed some of the mental suffering behind admissions to St Giles between 1884-1964. This seminar will discuss questions about the silencing of people deemed insane in a cross-cultural context and in the context of Fiji's colonial past. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Refreshments will be available and friends will be able to tour the exhibition following the talk. Please join us, it should be a great evening.
Please note this is not a public event but invite only for Friends of the Fiji Museum and the Pacific Heritage Hub. You will be able to re-join on the night if your membership has expired. If you know others who would be interested in joining our growing community please forward on to them. ... See MoreSee Less