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George Kingsley Roth and Adolf Brewster Brewster: Papers on Fiji

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8780

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises G.K. Roth's subject files on Fijian affairs, culture, history, sociology and administration. Some of the material is in Fijian. The subject files have been recorded as found [i.e. transcribed directly from the covers of the files]. The terms 'native', 'natives' and 'native administration', as used by Roth in his capacity as a colonial administrator to refer to Fijian people and the structure of colonial government, have been retained in their original context.
The collection also includes one box of papers collected by Adolph B. Brewster, a member of Fijian Colonial Service.


  • Creation: 1870-1957 (Circa)


Conditions Governing Access

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Biographical / Historical

George Kingsley Roth was appointed to Fiji in the Colonial Administrative Service in 1928. He served as Secretary for Fijian Affairs, 1954-7, and was later Honorary Keeper of the Fijian Collection at the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology, University of Cambridge. He was the author of 'Fijian Way of Life' (Melbourne, 1953). Adolph Brewster (born Adolph Brewster Joske) was a colonial administrator in Fiji. After retiring from the civil service, he published 'The Hill Tribes of Fiji' (1922) and 'King of the Cannibal Isles' (1937).


11 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

Subject-list of files and catalogue prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project is available at Manuscripts Reading Room desk.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Mrs Jane Roth, 1989

Related Materials

G.K. Roth's thesis 'Modern Fiji - changes in Native Custom' is available at MSc.b.39

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Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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