150th anniversary: Cession day on Rotuma

Hofl iua, or Split Island features in some of the early history of Rotuma. In 1780 a raiding party from the Solomon Islands hid behind the island by day and at night entered the nearby village of Losa, where they attacked the inhabitants. The raiders were later ambushed and either killed or captured. Picture: FIJI MARINAS

ON May 13, 1967, The Fiji Times reported the people of Rotuma marking their 86th anniversary of its cession. Rotuma was ceded to Queen Victoria on May 13, 1881 — seven years after Fiji was ceded. But events which culminated in Rotuma’s cession began long before 1881, according to The Fiji Times. Following a war […]

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