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Plans to open caves for public viewing

Vishaal Kumar
Monday, February 19, 2018

SEVERAL caves that were used by soldiers during the two world wars would soon be opened as a tourist attraction in the Capital City.

One of the caves connects the Fiji Museum to the State House and the other cave is situated under the British High Commissioner's residence.

Director of the Fiji Museum Sipiriano Nemani said they were interested to work with other conservation organisations such as the National Trust of Fiji in getting these caves accessible for public viewing.

"This is one area we want to capitalise on because the trust is the keeper of our heritage sites and places around the country," Mr Nemani said.

"So basically in future, we hope to ascertain these caves, document them, get narratives for them and get funding assistance from the Government and interested organisations locally and internationally to fund the rejuvenation of these caves, so that they are accessible to the public."

He said at this stage, the Fiji Museum could not determine an exact figure on the number of caves around Suva.

"We have a good collection of caves around Suva that were used during the world wars. The prominent ones include the one at the President's compound and in the museum's compound directly beneath the British High Commissioner's residence," he said.

"These are the old caves that were used to keep objects of the museum during the times of war. Once we do the mapping and the documentation and getting our archeology teams and heritage organisations working together to ascertain the number, then we will be able to identify them."

Meanwhile, he said the Military Art Gallery which was planned to be housed at the museum was with the Ministry of Defence and it was part of the Government's plans to have this done later this year.

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