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A piece of history for the Times

Daniel Naidu
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A PIECE of history was given to the country's oldest newspaper yesterday.

Sabrina Wishart yesterday gave The Fiji Times a special edition of The Fiji Times and Herald dated May 13, 1937, commemorating the coronation of King George VI, which was hand-set and printed on white tapa.

Ms Wishart's grandfather, the late Sir Alport Barker, founded the Western Pacific Herald in 1901.

He bought The Fiji Times from George Littleton Grifiths in 1918 when it became The Fiji Times and Herald.

"My brother, Frank Ryan and I have given this to The Fiji Times and I think it's appropriate that you should have this because it's a very rare publication," Ms Wishart said.

She said she thought there might have only been two such editions published, with the other being for the governor.

The Fiji Times editor Fred Wesley said the presentation came as a surprise.

"We are honoured and privileged to be given this piece of history," Wesley said.

"It's not often you get to receive something this important and what makes it extra special is that it is coming from a family member of a former owner of The Fiji Times."

Ms Wishart was born and spent much of her young life in Suva. She attended Suva Grammar School. She now spends her time between Suva and the Channel Islands in Britain.


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