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Genealogies and histories of Fiji tribes

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 314

Scope and Contents

'Genealogies and histories of the Matanitu or tribal governments of Central Vitu Levu (Great Fiji)', 141 pages. The volume contains notes on the genealogies of Fiji's peoples, translated by Brewster from written and oral sources, and a strip of photographs of four generations of the Royal Line of Mbau.


  • Creation: 1930


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Biographical / Historical

Adolf Brewster Brewster (1854-1937), formerly Adolf Brewster-Joske, went to Fiji in 1870 with a group of settlers granted land with the Polynesia Company. He entered the Colonial Service after the plantations failed, and remained in Fiji until 1910, when he retired to England. He published two books, 'The hills tribes of Fiji' (1922) and 'King of the Cannibal Isles' (1937).


1 volume(s) (1 volume) : paper/photograph

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference

MSS 91

Other Finding Aids

MSS Addenda, vol. III.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Revd Dr D.P. Brewster, great-nephew of Adolf Brewster Brewster, October 1995.

Related Materials

The R.C.S. Manuscripts Collection includes an album by Brewster concerning King Thakombau's war clubs, RCMS 313.


This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.


Brewster, Adolf Brewster, 1854-1937, anthropologist

Includes index.
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