Pacific Islands Monthly

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“Pacific Islands Monthly: the only journal circulating throughout the Island territories and groups of the Central and South Pacific”

The Pacific Islands Monthly (PIM) was founded in Sydney by New Zealand journalist Robert William Robson. The first issue was published August 1930 but the idea for the magazine was conceived during a visit to the Pacific in 1914 when Robson was a pressman attached to a New Zealand vice-regal party making an official tour around the Pacific.

During the tour he noticed that where ever he went, people were always curious about what was happening in the other Island groups but they had no means of finding out.

The first issue of Pacific Islands Monthly was in newspaper format and consisted of 12 pages. By the 17th issue (December 1931) PIM changed to a magazine format and increased in page numbers.

The early volumes of PIM predominately documents the white residents of the Pacific and has a colonial viewpoint. The later issues, especially towards the end of its publication, the magazine covered mostly news about the Pacific and more investigative journalism.

PIM was originally published by Pacific Publications in Sydney which was purchased by the Herald and Weekly Times. After News Ltd acquired the Herald and Weekly Times, PIM was published from Suva, Fiji.

After 70 years of circulation, PIM ceased publication in 2000.

The pages of PIM are a unique repository of a great deal of information for Pacific genealogy. Each issue was a summary of a month’s history of the Pacific – covering current news, shipping /passenger lists, social happenings, biographical entries, obituaries, wedding and birth announcements etc.

Index to PIM

With 70 years of publication, Indexes makes the task of finding information faster in the PIM. For some volumes, Issue 12 listed an Index to all issues in that volume.

There are also three separate Indexes you can check:

Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 1 to 15 (August, 1930 to July, 1945)

Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 16 to 25 (August, 1945 to July, 1955)

An index to obituaries in the ‘Pacific Islands Monthly’,  August 1945-December 1979 (vols 16-50) in The P.M.B. book of Pacific indexes . 

Libraries that hold PIM and Indexes

Please visit each library’s website for access to their collection. Note that not all libraries have all issues.

The University of the South Pacific Library, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

Australian libraries: Over 50 libraries in Australia hold PIM in their collection, check Trove website here for a library in your state.

For libraries in New Zealand, USA, Canada, UK, and the rest of Europe check WorldCat http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1606263

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Indexes:

The University of the South Pacific Library, Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji

Check Trove (Australian libraries) and WorldCat for libraries that hold the following Indexes:

Langdon, Robert & Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (1988), The P.M.B. book of Pacific indexes. Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.

Woodhouse, Margaret & Langdon, Robert (1968). Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 1 to 15 (August, 1930 to July, 1945). Sydney: Pacific Publications.

Woodhouse, Margaret & Langdon, Robert, & Tryon, Gaye & Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (1984). Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 16 to 25 (August, 1945 to July, 1955). Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.

If you would like to cite this post:

Stewart, Dulcie (2015). Pacific Islands Monthly, Fragmented Identities. Retrieved from https://fragmentedidentities.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/pacific-islands-monthly/

Sources:

Maidment, Ewa. (2010).  Report on PMB fieldwork in Suva, 30 August-12 September 2010. Retrieved from http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu
Woodhouse, Margaret & Langdon, Robert (1968). Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 1 to 15 (August, 1930 to July, 1945). Sydney: Pacific Publications.
Woodhouse, Margaret & Langdon, Robert, & Tryon, Gaye & Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (1984). Cumulative index to the Pacific Islands monthly, volumes 16 to 25 (August, 1945 to July, 1955). Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.
An index to obituaries in the ‘Pacific Islands Monthly’,  August 1945-December 1979 (vols 16-50) in Langdon, Robert & Australian National University. Pacific Manuscripts Bureau (1988), The P.M.B. book of Pacific indexes. Canberra: Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University.
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About Dulcie Stewart

#TeamFiji based in Brisbane. Artist/blogger/family historian.
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3 Responses to Pacific Islands Monthly

  1. Hi Dulcie very interesting information on the history of PIM.

  2. Bernadette Moore says:

    I am hoping to locate Pacific Islands Monthly Volume 37 pg. 194. My uncle , Fr. Jim Moore was a missionary and I am seeking information about his work and life there.
    Bernadette Moore

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