1870: Anglican clergyman Revd. William Floyd arrives in Fiji

Image“A body of Church of England folk in Levuka in 1868 met for the purpose of securing a clergyman to minister to them, and a committee was formed in Melbourne to forward this purpose. 

The Revd. William Floyd was a member of this Melbourne Committee, and eventually he offered his services and arrived in Fiji in 1870. 

 He proved so acceptable to the Church members that in 1874 they applied to the New Zealand Bishops to consecrate him. 

 The application was met by a request for further information and a suggestion (which proved impracticable) that the Bishop of Melanesia should undertake the episcopal oversight.

 Almost all Mr. Floyd’s papers and records were lost soon after his death, and so too little is known of his work. 

 It was 10 years before a second clergyman arrived in Fiji, and another 20 years before the third one arrived:

 – Mr. Poole to Suva in  1880 and 

 – Mr. Lateward to Labasa in 1902.

 There is extant a document granting a small piece of land in the centre of Levuka, where a small church was built, but soon destroyed in a hurricane. 

 The second church remained in use for many years, until Floyd’s dream of a building in permanent material was realised and the present church in concrete consecrated in 1904”.  

Golden Jubilee, Diocese of Polynesia, 1908-1958 Transcribed By Dr. Terry M. Brown Retired Bishop Of Malaita, 2010 Golden Jubilee 1908-1958 Diocese Of Polynesia – Suva – Fiji http://anglicanhistory.org/oceania/polynesia_jubilee1958/


1870: 2,150, 400lb bales of cotton exported from Levuka, value l0d. to 3 shillings lb

“Cotton is the principal (export) and nearly the only item. 2150 bales left Levuka – with the exception of a few – for Sydney, during the year.
400 pound bales: Reckoning the bales as weighing ‘each 400 lbs. and varying in price from l0d. to 3s. per lb., and the last 150 bales at 4s., gives the total “estimated value £85,733. ‘ This since the depreciation in cotton consequent on the war may be rather high, but it was a very fair computation considering the advices received at the latter end of 1870. The Sydney Morning Herald Friday 3 March 1871 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13221624

July 13, 1869: First half of Cakobau debt paid by Polynesia Company: 27,000 acres sold

July 13, 1869 : These instalments were, in fact, paid by the Polynesia Company, Limited, on July 13, 1869, and on November 19, 1870, respectively.
Nine other chiefs and landowners sign: By a deed dated July 13, 1869, Cakobau and one Natika, with the ratification and confirmation of nine other chiefs and landowners, who also signed, conveyed to the Polynesia Company, Limited, certain lands at Suva to the extent of about 27,000 acres, wherein were included the 480 acres in respect of which this claim for compensation is made.

HEIRS OF JOHN B. WILLIAMS (UNITED STATES) v. GREAT BRITAIN (Fijian Land Claim*. November 0, 1923, Pages 606-611.) Cession Of Sovereignty, Annexation : Private Property Rights Acquired Previous To.Interpretation Of (“Primitive) Municipal Law. Reports Of International Arbitral Awards Recueil Des Sentences Arbitrales Benson Robert Henry (United States) V. Great Britain (Fijian Land Claims) 2 November 1923 Volume Vi Pp. 100-104 http://www.untreaty.un.org/cod/riaa/cases/vol_VI/100-104_Benson.pdf

1859: Tannese kill Levuka plantation owner, Norman, of Sandhurst, Victoria, enroute from Levuka to Norman’s plantation at Nasavusavu: Jimmie Lasulasu survives

The Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4070, 7 September 1870, Page 3  reported Levuka trader Mr, Norman, well known in Sandhurst, Victoria, was murdered, and his body cooked after a group of 22 unnamed (slave labour) Tannese took over Norman’s boat, taking them from Levuka to Norman’s plantation. They wanted to go back home .
Meeting at Tanna: Captain Field, of the Mary Ann Christina,’ informs us that on board the ‘Colleen Bawn,’ at Tanna, he met with Jimmie Lasulasu, who has long since been reckoned with the dead. Our readers will remember that a’  William and Julia.’ which left Levuka for Nasavusavu about twelve months ago, with seventeen New Hebrides labourers, their employer, Mr. Norman, late of Sandhurst, near Melbourne, and the aforesaid Jimmie, never reached its destination. The boat was thought to have been wrecked, and all on board lost.
Tannanese wanted to go home: Jimmie Lasulasu informed Captain Field that when on their way to Nasavusavu the natives took possession of the boat, compelling them to steer first one way, and then another, and threatened to kill them if they did not land them on their own island.
Killed with a Tomahawk: On the seventeenth, day they murdered Mr. Norman, splitting his head open with a tomahawk. They cooked and ate the body, thrusting portions of his cooked companion into the face of Jimmie. The journey was long, and no food or water on board the hardships may be imagined. He reported the natives died one after the other, till by a lucky chance the boat was cast upon the shore leef of an island, only twenty miles from that to which they belonged. Jimmie has been living on that island for the last twelve months, and was perfectly nude when rescued by the ‘ Colleen Bawn ‘ a week or two since.
Another report on the same event: “One who knows ” writes to us to say that the Mr. Norman, of Melbourne, reported as having been murdered, was a Fijian planter who engaged 22 imported labours from the ‘ William and Julia,’ in June, 1869, and with one of his overseers, a man named Jimmy Lasulasu, started from Levuka to his plantation.  They always believed their countrymen had quarrelled with poor Norman (who was a well know n Melbourne grocer), and, after killing him and his overseer, had run away with the boat, probably eating their unfortunate victims on the road. The account of slaughter on the Ba coast is most likely correct, as the mountaineer natives have long been very troublesome m that part of the country, and have frequently attacked the Christian natives on the coast. It is probably the first result of the indiscriminate manner in which, these mountaineers have been supplied with arms by the white men, indirectly through the coast natives.’ Norman a managed a plantation in Fiji,  and had a grocery business at Sandhurst, Fiji. in charge of which he left left wife, now his widow, when he came down here
Tannase brought to Levuka by  Captain McLiver: He procured the labourers from the ‘ William and Julia.‘ They had been engaged and brought here by Captain McLiver, and some who came with them are said to be now on Mr. Scott’s plantation (at Vido?). A report reaches us of the murder of a man named Malony, by some white men, on the Sigo Toko River.The Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4070, 7 September 1870,

July 1870: Mountaineers from Navosa kill 370 in four towns in Ba, on the North-west coast of Viti Levu

Fiji Times of July 23:— “We have just heard frightful news from Ba, on the North-west coast of Viti Levu. For some time past the Ba people have been at war with the mountaineers, and a few have been killed on both sides, but a letter just in from the native minister informs us of a fearful massacre.

The mountaineers from Navosa came down to Nalotu, an inland district:. The Nalotu people were filled with fear, and presented peace offerings. The mountaineers then entered their towns and remained for a few days in apparent friendliness, but their number was being continually increased by new arrivals from the hills. They then turned round ‘suddenly upon the Nalotu people and slaughtered three hundred and seventy of them. That so many have been killed is beyond doubt.

370 killed: Silas, the native ministor who lives at Ba, writes * The Navuuivasi town 171 killed, Drantani 114, Koroikewa 58, Nasaga 27 — altogether 370. This number clubbed is clear, but there are many still missing, who are hiding in the jungle, or have been taken prisoners of war to Navosa.
Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXVI, Issue 4070, 7 September 1870, Page 3