150th anniversary: Fijian custom under scrutiny

The then Governor of Colonial Fiji, Kenneth Maddocks and his wife being carried on the shoulders of Fijians in a welcome ceremony. The Moscow newspaper Izvestia later reproduced the picture from the Sunday Express and distorted the whole meaning of the Fijian custom. Picture: ROB WRIGHT, PRO.

WHO knew fake news were an age-old problem? On March 11, 1962, the London based Sunday Express published a big reproduction of a picture showing the Governor of Fiji, Sir Kenneth Maddocks, and Lady Maddocks, being carried to an island shore on a flower-decked platform, with the writing Ra Marama in the background. The bearers […]

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