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The Fijian Coconut Industry, circa 1905, 1905

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3091C

Scope and Contents

Contains loose photographs measuring approximately 205 x 145 mm and captioned on the print. The photographs show scenes on plantations and the various stages in the manufacture of copra. After sugar, which was introduced as an industry into Fiji after the British annexation of 1874, copra was Fiji's biggest export earner. The Fijians already extracted an impure oil from the coconut, which they traded with the missionaries and early traders, but it was not until Fiji became a Crown Colony that the industry was placed on a sound commercial footing. Coconuts are an easy crop to raise after the initial five to seven years of non-productive growth and could be made to yield up to a ton of copra per acre. With the intensive cultivation of plantations, the islands' production increased rapidly: from 3781 tons in 1875 (valued at £40 058) to a high-water mark in 1900 of 15605 tons (valued at £151 701). This compares with a sugar yield in that year of 32961 tons (value £393 987).


  • Creation: 1905


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Biographical / Historical

Photographer unknown.


1 file(s) (11 images in 1 file)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Photographs are in good condition.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection is available on microfiche: Oceania, fiche number 7.





Finding aid date

2002-10-17 09:09:07+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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