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Colonial era in pictures

Tevita Tuiwavu
Thursday, February 16, 2012

IMAGES of life in Fiji as a British crown colony have inspired the Fiji Museum to set up a display of photographer Rob Wright's work.

The gallery opened to the public last Friday with 17 pictures exhibited for the first time.

Exhibition officer Vika Koro-Musumoto said Wright was the only professional photographer working in the Pacific during the colonial period.

"There is hardly a publication of any aspect of Fiji's life or geography at that time that does not contain images he produced," she said.

"He was an official government photographer between 1940s and 1969. We're grateful to have some of his work on display and thanks to Susan Parkinson for providing us with pictures."

The pictures on display include social and cultural events, sports, hospitals, government buildings, beaches, waterfalls, mountains and tourists.

Mr Wright was born in Sigatoka in 1906 and died in Suva in 1976.


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