The arrival of a Christian mission on the island of Dobu in Papua New Guinea was met with ambivalence, but it resulted in a mixing of cultures and the development of new traditions.
Kate Wiles explores a unique nautical chart, designed to be understood only by its creator.
J.W. Davidson describes how whalers, traders, and settlers represented the first waves of Western colonisation of the Pacific islands.
Traders and missionaries from Europe, writes Sarah Searight, settled on the islands many years before official annexation.
Bertha S. Dodge follows the journey of John Ledyard, a captain’s son from Connecticut, who helped to explore the Pacific and travelled across the Russian Empire.
George Woodcock describes how British and French officials jointly presided over the chain of Melanesian islands oddly named by Captain Cook after the Scottish west coast.
Arnold Whitridge describes how, in April 1768, Bougainville reached ‘an enchanting island’ in the South Pacific.
No memorials of the past are more fantastic than the series of great statues—some of them as tall as a four-storey building—that greet the visitor to this lonely and storm-swept Pacific island. By C.A. Burland.
By tradition the Tongan kingdom has been established for over 13,000 years; but one of its contemporary faces is distinctly Victorian, as discussed here by George Woodcock.
Our understanding of coral and coral reefs, believes C.M. Yonge, was greatly advanced by the voyages of Cook and Darwin to the South Pacific.