AT A GLANCE

The Parliamentary Mace

* Favourite club of Ratu Seru Cakobau

* The club was embellished with silver palm leaves and doves as symbols of peace and tranquility when Cakobau converted to Christianity

* Renamed Ai Tutuvi Kuta i Ranadi Bau “The coverlet of the Queen of Bau”and given to Sir Hercules Robinson by John Thurston on behalf of Cakobau when Fiji was ceded to Great Britain in 1874. The club was a gift to her Majesty the Queen of England.

* The Club was taken to Britian where it remained in Windsor Castle — not open to public view

* Returned to Fiji in 1932 by King George V after he saw a letter in The Times, London recalling the presentation ceremony and speculating on the whereabouts of the club

* Upon its return to Fiji, it became the mace of the Legislative Council before being moved to Parliament after independence.

Source: Fiji Times

Independence Souvenir Supplement and The Fiji Museum.

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