Fiji-Raggs

Fiji

Dutch Explorer Abel Tasman is the first European to visit Fiji Islands

1643

Landing of Captain Cook on Votoa Island

1774

Journey of Captain Bligh after mutiny of the Bounty

1789

Rotuma discovered by Capt. Edwards

1791

Arrival of Jacko-a monkey,a cat, at Bau, from a ship searching for sandalwood.

1795

late 1790s

Wreck of schooner Argo in Lau group.

1800

Discovery of sandalwood at Vanua Levu by El Plumier: beginning of sandalwood trade; several European seamen and vonvicts living with Fijian chiefs; introduction of muskets.

1801

Killing of crew of Hunter by men of Wailia.

1812

arrival of David Whippy of New Hampshire, USA

1822

Arrival of first Christian (LMS) missionaries, from Tahiti, at Lakeba, then Oneata: arrival of J H Danford (Harry the Jew).

1826

Arrival of first European missionaries (William Cross & David Cargill) (Methodist) at Lakeba; internal warfare between tribes.

1835

Arrival of more Christian missionaries (J Hunt, T Calvert, T Jaggar) (Methodist).

1838

first book printed in Fijian (Catechism) produced.

1839

Appointment of JB Williams of salem, Massachusetts, previously US Consul in NZ, as US Commercial agent for fiji, on Nukulau Island.

1840

First mapping of Fiji Islands. Levuka was principal settlement of Europeans.

1840

Visit of United States Exploring Expedition.

1840

Christian missionaries arrive on Rotuma.

1840

BIRTH Hugh Hall Ragg 23 09 1842 in Birmingham

September 23, 1842

Europeans banished to solevu Bay, vanua Levu by Cakobau

1844

Christian convert Chief Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau was a warlor fromthe island of Bau, and he then styled himself as tui Viti or King of fiji

1844

Henele Ma'afu, cousin ot the King of Tong, arrives in lakeba, lau.

1848

Burning down of JB Williams hous on Nukulau. then sued Cakobau for damages.

1849

Visits of Mary Wallis (A Lady).

1850

Arrivial of S A St John

1852

Ma'afu given sovereignty over Lomaloma by Tui Cakau, gradually extends power over Lau group in Eastern Fiji.

1854

Survey of Fijian waters by HM servey ship Herald

1856

Arrival of WT Pritchard, first British consul, Marist Brothers arrive in Levuka.

1856

Ma'afu renounces any claim to fji by tonga: dr b Seeman arrived to 1yr studying botany of fji

1859

arrival of WT Smythe investiagate of cessio, cotton growing: death of JB Williams: influx of setters from Aussie and NzDr Im Brower 2nd Consul

1860

Smyth's report advised agaqinst annexing fiji; Ma'afu, on behalf of King George of tonga, agaist Cakobau for damages made during Kaba campaign

1861

Tui Cakau captured by tongans; battle of Wairiki; Wainikolo (Tongan chief)

1862

Pritchard removed from office as British Consul, by commissioners from NSW acting on behalf of Foreign Office

1863

Beginning of Labour trade first arrived from New Debrides

1864

Formation of Confederacy of Independent Chiefs of Fiji(Tovata1)

1865

white population of Fiji approx 500 Coton Boom, due to american civil war, and Siege of Paris destroying French cotton mills, gradual collapse of cotton industry

1866

Swanston joins Ma'afu as secretary, s A St John was cakobau's secretary

1866

Arrival in Fiji - Hugh Hall Ragg - arrives in Fiji as Engineer for a Cotton Mill

1867

Foreign population approx 831:Cakobau crowned King of Bau ;Formation of Confederation of North and East fiji

1867

Cakobau's forces march on hill people to revenge Baker's Death gold found in Navua river . Thurston replaced by March as British consul

1868

Cakobau and Ma'afu to discuss possible ceding of Fiji to america or some other government

1869

foreign population over 2000; Pritchard investigates land sales

1870

Trans-Pacific steamships using port of kadavu

1870

Europen settles at Levuka organize a national government and name Cakobau King of fiji following local disorder.

1871

Bishop Patteson killed in New Hebrides, resutls of labour trade, Ma'afu Governor of Lau, Lovoni people conquered by Cakobau's forces.sold to planters as laboures, spiers and Mcintosh killed at Ba. Rev W. Floyd (anglican) arrived in Levuka

cotton trade collapsed. Start of sugar cane plantations.

1872

Opening of Masonic Lodge Polynesia in Levuka. Polynesian Islanders Protection act passed in London. Poll tax of all men in Fiji. British Subjects Mutual Protection society and Volunteer Corps set up in Levuka against Cakobau,k supported by March. Thurston took on position of Acting Premier, in place of Woods.

first successful exports of sugar from Fiji sent to London

1873

Fiji becomes a British crown colony requested of Cakobau and other chiefs to Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of NSW.

1874

first land commission set up. British rul. first Governor sir Arthur Hamilton Gordon. Fiji's Cession by the Chiefs to Queen Victoria (alexandrina Victoria-24 May 1819-22 january 1901 in a ceremony at Levuka, the old capital, on 10 october 1874.

British Royal Engineers build Levuka sea-wall

1875

Measles epidemic wipes out one-third of the Fijian population

1875

British forces and Fijian chiefs suppress rebellion

1876

High commission for Western Pacific set up, based in Suva.

1877

Governor of Fiji was also British High commissioner for Western Pacific;Municipality of Levuka established

Penang Sugar Mill Built by Penang sugar Estate

1878

Arrival of Leonidas with first indentured Indian labourers.

1879

Founding of Levuka Public School

Colonial Sugar Refinery began operations in Fiji, taken over many unprofitable sugarcane plantations in Rewa valley, built Nausori Mill

1880

Ma'afu die;Rotuma annexed by Britain

1881

Ratu Cakobau, the Vunivalu, died. refinery's Nausori Mill began crushing sugar.

1882

founding of Marist Convent school, Levuka;Municipality of suva established

BIRTH- Hugh Hall Ragg II 26 01 1882Suva to 24 05 1963 Suva

January 26, 1882

Union Steamship Company started a steamship rout-Melbourn-Fiji

1883

Founding of Suva Public School;Burns Philp Company founded

Fijian men were trained as native medical practitioners first of medical training in Fiji.

1885

First Roman Catholic baptism in Fiji

Simeon Lazarus elected Warden of Suva

1887

Birth of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, the second Tui Lai

1888

Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition held in Suva

1891

Canadian-Australian Steam Ship operated a service between Sydney,Suva,Honolulu,Victoria,British,Vancouver

1893

CSR built labasa Mill

1895

DEATH Hugh Hall Ragg II 19 04 1924 at Suva

April 19, 1924

DEATH Hugh Hall Ragg 26 01 1863 Suva to 24 05 1963 Suva

May 24, 1963