Fiji Shipping Index lists ships and passengers that arrived and departed from Fiji during the 19th Century.
There are currently four sections:
Inter-Island for ships traveling within the Fiji islands
The Index lists name of ship and master; tonnage, where from and date of departure; destination and date of arrival; and passengers; and lists crew members who were from Fiji and Rotuma and other Pacific islands.
The lists on this site have being transcribed from Shipping Intellegence published in the Fiji Times newspaper, and various Australian newspapers via Trove (National Library of Australia online newspaper project). Included in the Index are lists from online databases such as Mariners and Ships in Australian Waters, New Zealand Yesteryears, Ozships and Ancestry.com.
It is noted that not all clerks/masters who entered the information onto these lists were uniform in their presentations nor did they list all passengers.
Every care possible has been taken to transcribe these records but remember to check original sources which I provide a link for (except for the Fiji Times).
Fiji Times transcribed: up to October 1869 (as of 31 July 2013).
How to use Fiji Shipping Index You can search for surnames on the Passenger and Crew Lists page or if you know the name of the vessel you can look up either the Arrivals, or Departures, or the Inter-Island pages. You can also use the ‘Search’ option on the right-hand side of the page.
Fiji Shipping Index is an on going project and is updated periodically.
If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the Comment section below.
About Dulcie Stewart
Brisbane based Dulcie Stewart was born in Suva, Fiji. She is a library assistant by profession and is also an artist, blogger, and family historian specialising in Fiji research, covering European contact prior to cession (1800-1874).
She has Fijian (vasu Bua, Kadavu, Rewa and Bau), Danish, Spanish, Filipino, American, Irish, English, Norwegian, and Chinese ancestry.
As a family historian, she is interested in fragmented identities and explores mixed race stories, documenting the undocumented and making archival material accessible.
Dulcie’s mixed heritage has influenced her arts practice. Her creative works have tried to understand, embrace, accept and acknowledge her “otherness”. She examines her journey as a minority, and the experiences of migration and diaspora.
Chinese in Fiji is a website for those who are researching their Chinese heritage in Fiji.
Fragmented Identities: the journey of a kailoma my family history research blog.
Urban Viti documents contemporary Pacific art, style, home and product design. Urban Viti is archived by The National Library of New Zealand and has been selected for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials.
The Middle: fragmented identities is an online archival art and research project that documents the use of the identity descriptors half-caste, Part-European and kailoma from the 19th century to the present day. These words have been used to label the descendants of the early European settlers and indigenous Fijian women. By documenting the use of these words in published and archival materials, the artist hopes to map and understand the complex narratives of mixed heritage and identity in post-colonial Fiji. Project has a projected end of 2013 launch date.