About

I have been researching my family history since 2005. This blog is my attempt at having my research all in one place, as well as build a list of resources available for anyone else who are researching their family history in Fiji.

This website is divided into 3 sections:

My Family: A brief over-view of my family, with links to in-depth research.

Resources: Information about resources available to help with your family history research. This includes transcription of Turpin’s Fiji Directory (1874) and Fiji directory in Stewarts Handbook of the Pacific Islands (1921); a list of libraries that hold the Fiji Times newspaper; transcription of birth, marriages, deaths published in the Fiji Times from 1869 and many more.

Blog: Where I occasionally blog about my research.

A library assistant by profession, I am also an artist, blogger, and family historian specialising in Fiji research, covering European contact prior to cession (1800 – 1874).

I have Fijian (vasu Bua, Kadavu, Rewa and Bau), Danish, Spanish, Filipino, American, Irish, English, and Chinese ancestry with connections to Australia and New Zealand.

As a family historian, I am interested in fragmented identities and explore mixed race stories, documenting the undocumented and making archival material accessible.

My mixed heritage has influenced my arts practice. My creative works have tried to understand, embrace, accept and acknowledge my “otherness”. I explore my journey as a minority, and the experiences of migration and diaspora. My arts practice explores and celebrates the relationships between visual culture and contemporary Pacific identities through Pacific symbols, motifs and iconography found in my Australian urban landscape.

For more information about my arts practice see http://urbanviti.wordpress.com/dulcie-stewart/

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Dulcie Stewart
Brisbane, Australia

Other Projects

Fiji Shipping Index

The Fiji Shipping Index lists ships and passengers that arrived and departed from Fiji during the 19th Century.

The Middle

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 2014 launch date.

20 Responses to About

  1. Margaret Rose Shanta Patel family nickname BUBU pronounced boo boo) says:

    Hi Dulcie read your very impressive research on Charles Rounds Sr. with interest.If you are Aunty Te’s grandchild.She lived at Knolly St Suva. She was my mother(Jane Round’s first cousin. My mother’s father was John Rounds. You didn’t mention your dad’s name was it Lawrence? John’s brother.So I met you,when you were little, if you lived at Knolly St and your mother as well.
    I have a photo ot my grand father John Rounds if you are interested. Love to hear from you to exchange information. A correction, I think in the Lands Claims Commision Charles Rounds said he was in Lauthla in 1851 not that he arrived in 1851.I read it at theNational Archives, Suva.
    Bubu.

    • Dulcie S. says:

      Bula Aunty Bubu! I remember you. Sorry it’s taken this long to repy. I’ll email you asap.

      • James Stevenson says:

        Bula Dulcie. As a child I lived at Lekutu and knew both Mah Yook & his wife Adi. Would
        appreciate an indepth email contact with you. I live on the Sunshine Coast.
        James.

  2. Hayward Osborn says:

    Bula Dulcie,
    I think I may have met Mar Yook. Did he live at Lekutu? I certainly knew Bertie Lee who I think took over the property from him, a large coconut plantation. I stayed a few days there once.
    My grandparents, surname Edwards, settled in Bua 99 years ago so we have a long connection there.

    Regards,
    Hayward Osborn
    Christchurch, NZ

    • Dulcie S. says:

      Bula Hayward. Yes, Mar Yook did live in Lekutu. I was speaking to Richard (Dick) Lee (Bertie’s son) who grew up on the property in Lekutu and he does remember the Edwards.

      I’d love to hear about your visit to Lekutu.

      Regards,
      Dulcie

  3. karlhain says:

    Found your blog from Geneabloggers. Good luck with your project.

    Moonnanappallil Family History

  4. Judy Bennett says:

    I am a historian at University of Otago, Dunedin esearching children of US servicemen and Pacific Islands women in World War II. Please contact me at email address
    I have some information re Mary Sorby, Daughter of Joseph Dorby (Suva) and Dolly Sorby from New Zealand

    • Caroline Chang(nee sorby) says:

      Hi i am a Sorby and Joe Sorby is my father Bill Sorbys brother. Mary and i are first cousins. SHe still lives in Auckland, New Zealand last i heard. I was in touch with them for many years but have had no news of them for the last 25years.

  5. John Underwood says:

    Hi…
    Just browsing google and happened to search my ancestary….Wondering if you might know about it….All I know is we came from Kadavu……My Dads name was Levi Underwood son of John Underwood and Amei (parternal grandmother) a lady from Nakorokoro and Drue I think……

    Would certainly appreciate some feedback….

  6. Mike Shaw says:

    Bula Dulcie,

    I am a decedent of Sipriano Sorr (now known as Shaw). He is my great, great, great grand father. Sipriano Sorr had a son named Jone Soa Catimaibau or Jone Cati as its written in uncle Franks book. Jone had 2 children from his 2nd wife (Amelia Biabiau from Mokani – Matanivanua), Ana and Sipriano (Tukana) Shaw. Tukana had only 1 son who is my grand father, Philip Shaw or Big Philip.
    I am trying to find out more about Sipriano Sorr and how Naqoqo was given to Jone Cati. Uncle Franks book only mentions the land (Naqoqo) was given to him but with no explanation.
    I intend to go to the achieves to research this history and just wondering if you have any more info on the Sorr/Shaw history.
    With what I have read on materials from the achieve is that the Manila Brig “Laurice” arrived in Fiji for Beche-de-mer and the crew including Sipriano Sorr mutinied the ship and later stayed on Bau from whence the history began.
    Any info will be appreciated.

    Vinaka,
    Mike Shaw

    • Dulcie S. says:

      Bula Mike, I don’t have much information about Sipiano Sorr apart from waht Frank Shaw has written about in the Fiji Times. I read about the book he wrote and will need to get a copy for myself. Your best option would be to go to the Fiji Archives.

      I will email you later on what information I have about the brig Laurice as well as an article about the ‘manila man’.

  7. Frank Smith.. says:

    Thanks Dulcie Frank Smith here..networking..

  8. Gina Demona says:

    Hi Dulcie, I’ve been in touch with you a few times in the past few years. Was desperately going through my emails hoping to find yours. I am a descendant of Charles O’connor. I’ve mentioned to you that someone in our family did a family tree for the O’connor side. I’ve finally had it converted to PDF and JPG file. I would love to have you take a look at it since you’ve been researching this for a while. If you could please get in touch with me. Thanks – Gina

  9. Pepe says:

    I would like to know your sources for the John Acraman segment, please, it is important. I have done vast comprehensive research on this and see a major gap in this story.

  10. Pepe says:

    Thank you. Got it.

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