Fijian Constabulary and police on parade outside Govt House, Suva, 1884
Scope and Contents
228 x 175 mm. A view showing a European officer in charge of a squad of the Fijian police (unarmed and dressed in white). Behind them, and largely obscured, stands a squad of the armed constabulary in blue blouses and white sarongs cut into a serrated pattern round the hem. Formed in the early 1870s, the force was used extensively against the hill peoples of the interior, and in the days of King Cakobau, this small army was said to have numbered 1400 men. The Europeans standing in the background have not been identified. The parade was to present medals to the Fijian boat crews and police who distinguished themselves during the rescue of survivors of the 'Syria' wreck in 1884. [This was the second ship to bring indentured Indians to Fiji. She was wrecked on Nasilai Reef with the loss of 55 lives.]
- Creation: 1884
- From the Fonds: Ragg, Hugh Hall, fl1885 (engineer) (Person)
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Fair condition, apart from some overall yellowing and fading.
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