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A History of Vanuatu: selected readings  

compiled by Peter Murgatroyd

 ~ a project of the Emalus Campus Library ~
 

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It is hoped that this online compilation of selected  chapters and articles will serve as a useful introduction to the history of the country formerly known as the New Hebrides for Ni-Vanuatu students and to compliment the recently published *'Histri blong yumi long Vanuatu: an educational resource'.

Contents

Selected texts
Selected articles (online)
Articles on Vanuatu's history from the Journal of Pacific History
Selected Online sources

*Histri blong yumi long Vanuatu: an educational resource / Sara Lightner and Anna Naupa.  Port Vila, Vanuatu : Vanuatu Cultural Center, 2005
Tables of Contents - Volume 1
Tables of Contents - Volume 2
Tables of Contents - Volume 3

Recommended excerpts from selected texts

(Please note that some of the pdf files below are very large.  For those accessing these materials away from Emalus Campus it is quicker to right click on the document link using the mouse and choose "save target as" and download to your own PC.  Schools in Vanuatu can also request copies of the documents from murgatroyd_p@vanuatu.usp.ac.fj . 'Histri blong yumi long Vanuatu: an educational resource' is available for purchase from the Vanuatu Cultural Centre)

(i)       The Pacific Islands: an encyclopedia / edited by Brij Lal and Kate Fortune. - Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 2000

    Vanuatu profile (incl. history) pp.620-623. [pdf - 435 kb]

(ii)        To kill a bird with two stones: a short history of Vanuatu / by Jeremy MacClancy. - Port Vila, Vanuatu Cultural Centre, 1980.  Also available in French "Faire de deux pierres un coup".  Both editions can be ordered from the Vanuatu Cultural Centre.

    View Table of Contents
    Beginnings (incl. notes on prehistory and settlement) pp.15-20 [pdf - 226 kb]

(iii)      Tufala Gavman: reminisces from the Anglo-French Condominium of the New Hebrides / Brian J. Bresnihan, Keith Woodward, editors. - Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, University of the South Pacific, 2002.

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    'Historical Note' by Keith Woodward pp.16-45; 46-72 [pdf - 8.37; 3.75 mb].

(iv)     Melanesian Politics: Stael blong Vanuatu /edited by Howard Van Trease.  - Christchurch, N.Z : Macmillan Brown Center for Pacific Studies, University of Canterbury; Suva, Fiji : IPS, USP, 1995 .

    View Table of Contents
    Chapter 1: 'Colonial origins of Vanuatu politics' by Howard Van Trease pp.3-30; 31-58 [pdf - 2.44; 2.56 mb]
    Appendix 1:  A confidential monthly report from the French Resident Commissioner in the New Hebrides to the Secretary of State for Overseas Departments in France [1969] [pdf - 739 kb]

(v)     The politics of land in Vanuatu: from colony to independence / Howard Van Trease. - Suva, Fiji: Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, 1987.

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    Chapter 1: 'Ni-Vanuatu land and foreign intruders' pp. 1-34 [pdf - 4,564 mb]
    Chapter 2: 'The Condominium land tenure system' pp. 35-62 [pdf - 2,419 mb]

(vi)      Bridging mental boundaries: identity and development in Vanuatu / William Miles. - Honolulu, Hawai'i : University of Hawai'i Press, 1998.

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    Introduction: Boundaries, juridical and mental: a brief history pp.14-28. [pdf - 3.29mb]

(vii)       Of cargoes, colonies and Kings / Andrew Stuart. - Oxford [UK] : Radcliffe Press, 2001.

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    Chptr. 14.  New Hebrides: Condominium in the South Pacific [pdf - 1.38mb]

(viii)      New Hebrides: the road to independence / by Kalkot Matas Kele-Kele... [et al.] / edited by Chris Plant.  Suva [Fiji] : Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific 1977

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    Chapter 1: 'The emergence of political parties' by Kalkot Matas Kele-Kele pp. 17-22. [pdf - 989 kb]

(ix)      Les pouvoirs de la coutume a Vanuatu: traditionalisme et edification nationale / Marc Kurt Tabani.  Paris: L'Harmattan, 2002

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    Introduction: pp. 5-16. [pdf - 795kb]

(x)        Industrial relations in the South Pacific ' Prasad and Hince (eds.).  Suva [Fiji] : SSED, University of the South Pacific 2000

    Chapter 7.  Industrial relations in Vanuatu: contraints and potential [pdf - 1.2 mg]

(xi )      Archaelogie des Nouvelles-Hebrides: contribution a la connaissance des iles du Centre / Jose Garanger (Publications de la Societe des oceanistes ; no 30)  Paris: ORSTOM: 1972

    View Table of Contents
    Chapter 1.  Introduction generale [pdf - 1.4 mg]

(xii )    Fragments of empire: a history of the Western Pacific High Commission, 1877 - 1914 / Deryck Scarr.  Canberra: Australian University Press, 1967

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    Chapter 7 [part IV].  Settlement, Inter-island recruiting in the New Hebrides, 1877 - 1906 [pdf - 821 kb]
    Chapter 8.  The New Hebrides Governed, 1906 - 1914 [pdf - 2.5 mg]

(xiii )    They came for sandalwood: a study of the Sandalwood trade in the South-West Pacific 1830-1865 / Dorothy Shineberg  London: Cambridge University Press, 1967

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    Chapter 2.  The beginnings of the trade [pdf - 805 kb]

(xiv )    God's gentlemen: a history of the Melanesian Mission, 1849-1942 / David Hilliard  St Lucia, Queensland: Queensland University Press, 1978.

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    Chapter 1.  Visionary and impracticable principles [pdf - 2 mg]

(xv) Australian imperialism in the Pacific: the expansionist era 1820-1920 / Roger C Thompson  Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1980.

    View Table of Contents
    Chapter 7. Fighting off the French 1885-1887 [pdf - 1.6 mg]
    Chapter 10. Never giving up hope for the New Hebrides 1904-1914 [pdf - 1.7 mg]

(xvi) Isles of illusion: letters from the South Sea /  by R. J. Fletcher edited by Bohun Lynch.  London: Constable and Company, 1925

    Pages 22 - 27 (June 30, 1912) [pdf - 262 kb]

(xvii)     [United Nations] Report on the Special Committee on the situation regard to the implementation of the declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and people (1974): New Hebrides  [pdf - 2.1 mg]

(xviii)  The Santo rebellion: an imperial reckoning / Jon Beasant Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1984

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    Chapter 2.  The rising tide [pdf - 2.4 mg]

(xix)    Vanuatu.  Arrival of the Europeans: Journal extracts of the first Europeans to visit Vanuatu: Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, 1606, to Vassily Golovnin, 1809. / Edited by Bob Field.  Dubbo, NSW: Bob Field, 2003.

    View Table of Contents
    Introduction [pdf - 435kb]
   

  
Selected articles (online)

(xix )            Notes on some islands of the New Hebrides / Boyle T. Somerville

(xx)       Vanuatu / by Stephen Wickham

(xxi)        'New Hebrides': article from the Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 edition

(xxii)        New Hebrides: a Condominium administered jointly by Great Britain and France [from the Pacific Islands Yearbook 1963]

(xxiii)        Fasquel, Jean  Nouvelles-Hebrides, Vanuatu 1978-1981: la periode du kava mache

(xxiv)       Chief Willie Bongmatur Maldo and the role of chiefs in Vanuatu /by Lissant Bolton

(xxv)      Introduction to sources of law in Vanuatu / by Professor Don Paterson

(xxvi)     Unrecorded judgments of the Joint Court of the New Hebrides [ a historical overview] / by Miriam Vurobaravu

(xxvii)     Inspecteur-General Jean-Jacques Robert: French Resident Commissioner

(xxviii)      John S Champion: British Resident Commissioner 1975-78

(xxix)     Andrew Stuart: British Resident Commissioner 1978-80

(xxx)     Rebel radio in Espiritu Santo : Radio Vemerama / by Robert J Schnell

(xxxi)   New Hebrides becomes Vanuatu [information bulletin from the University of the South Pacific published on 7 August 1980]

(xxxii)    Walter Lini [Obituary]

(xxxiii)   Voice of Vanuatu's women: Grace Molissa: [Obituary]

(xxxiv)   A coup that failed? Recent political events in Vanuatu / by David Ambrose

(xxxv)      Vanuatu  1995-1998 / by Michael Morgan

(xxxvi)  Vanuatu [1995] / by Don Paterson [Source: Asia-Pacific Constitutional Yearbook 1995 : pp. 329-334]

(xxxvii)  Vanuatu [1996] / by Don Paterson [Source: Asia-Pacific Constitutional Yearbook 1996: pp.  359-371]

(xxxviii)  Vanuatu [1997] / by Don Paterson [Source: Asia-Pacific Constitutional Yearbook 1997 : pp. 310-319]

(xxxix)  Year in review 1998 [Vanuatu] / by Barrie MacDonald

(xl)  Vanuatu: Year in Review (1999) / Anita Jowitt

(xli)  Vanuatu: Year in Review (2000) / Anita Jowitt

(xlii)  Vanuatu: Year in Review (2001) / Anita Jowitt

(xliii)  Vanuatu: Year in Review (2002) / Anita Jowitt

(xliv)  Vanuatu: Year in Review (2003) / Anita Jowitt

(xlv) Vanuatu: Year in Review (2004) / Anita Jowitt

(xlv) Vanuatu: Year in Review (2005) / Anita Jowitt
    alt.cit: http://archives.pireport.org/archive/2006/August/tcp-van.htm


Articles From the Journal of Pacific History:

# Author Title Publication Date
 [ 1 ] Thompson, Roger C. Commerce, Christianity and colonialism: the Australasian New Hebrides Company, 1883-1897. 1971 v 6
 [ 2 ] Jackson, A. L. Towards political awareness in the New Hebrides. 1972 v 7
 [ 3 ] Plant, Christopher New Hebrides 1977: year of crisis. 1978 v 13 n 3 / 4
 [ 4 ] Jupp, James New Hebrides 1978-79: self-government by whom and for whom? 1979 v 14 n 3 / 4
 [ 5 ] MacClancy, J. V. From New Hebrides to Vanuatu, 1979-80. APR 01 1981 v 16 n 2
 [ 6 ] MacClancy, J. V. Vanuatu since independence: 1980-83. APR 01 1984 v 19 n 2
 [ 7 ] Spriggs, Matthew School in every district': the cultural geography of conversion on Aneityum, Southern Vanuatu. JAN 01 1985 v 20 n 1
 [ 8 ] Premdas, Ralph R. Vanuatu: the 1987 national elections and their aftermath. APR 01 1989 v 24 n 1
 [ 9 ] Jolly, Margaret To save the girls for brighter and better lives: Presbyterian missions and women in the south of Vanuatu, 1848-1870. APR 01 1991 v 26 n 1
 [ 10 ] Gundert-Hock, Sybille Mission influence and labour migration: the case of Vanuatu in the last decades of the 19th century. APR 01 1991 v 26 n 1
 [ 11]] Laracy, Hugh Pentecost murders: an episode in condominium nonrule, New Hebrides 1940. OCT 01 1991 v 26 n 2
 [ 12 ] Thomas, Allan Songs as history: a preliminary assessment of two songs of the recruiting era recently recorded in West Futuna, Vanuatu. OCT 01 1992 v 27 n 2

 

 [ 13 ] Steeves, Jeffrey S. Vanuatu: the 1991 national elections and their aftermath. OCT 01 1992 v 27 n 2
 [ 14 ] Miles, William F.S. Francophonie in post-colonial Vanuatu. APR 01 1994 v 29 n 1
 [ 15 ] Rodman, Margaret C. My only weapon being a pencil: inscribing the prison in the New Hebrides. JUN 01 1998 v 33 n 1
 [ 16 ] Bolton, Lissant Chief Willie Bongmatur Maldo and the role of chiefs in Vanuatu. SEP 01 1998 v 33 n 2
 [ 17 ] Morgan, Michael Political chronicles. NOV 01 1998 v 33 n 3
 [ 18 ] Meyerhoff, Miriam Vanishing act. 2002 v 37 n 1

 

*Search for more articles from the Pacific Journal Index.
 

Selected online sources

(xlvi)    Vanuatu: an introduction

(xlvii)    Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire index 1984-2001

(xlviii)    CIA World Factbook Information on Vanuatu

(xlix)    Country Reports - Vanuatu

(l)   Colonial history of Vanuatu

(li)  History of Vanuatu

(lii)    Vanuatu's colonial past: an archive of newspaper clippings from 1883 to independence

(liii)    Browse books relating to  Vanuatu history held at the University of the South Pacific's Emalus Campus Library, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

(liv)     Browse articles on  law, land, custom, politics and government in Vanuatu as indexed in the Emalus Campus Library's Online Pacific Law Journal Index.

(lv)    Archive of bound volumes of Vanuatu newspapers held in the Emalus Campus Library .

 


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