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THE MARIE LOUISE GOES TO BATTLE

THE MARIE LOUISE – TROOP CARRIER

 

A war of attrition had started over the murder of one man, Koroi i Latikau, a man from the powerful kingdom of Bau.  The murdered man together with Captain Harmon of the schooner Isle of Beauty, have been negotiating in the area for labourers to work on plantations.  The labourers were to be…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 20, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 3 – DODGY DEALINGS ABOARD THE MARIE LOUISE

THE MARIE LOUISE-LIFE AFTER DEATH



Fiji has long enjoyed a proud affiliation with the sea. Like all the island nations of the…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 20, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 2: DISCORD ABOARD THE MARIE LOUISE

A QUESTION OF AUTHORSHIP

Levuka

Consider: If someone you knew had…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 17, 2012 at 10:03am — No Comments

FIJI 1870’S PT 1. MARIE LOUISE HOBART TO FIJI

LIFE & TIMES OF THE MARIE LOUISE

It’s no surprise that the two men most important in Grandmother Maggie’s life arrived in Levuka by ship.  After all the first, her father, arrived sometime in the early 1870’s, the other her husband to be from America  around 1897.  No air travel in those days.…



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Added by Robyn Mortimer on March 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

GRANDMOTHER'S COUSIN - PT 3

 

TREASURE AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW

 

For Frank and Lucy Fleming living back in Suva, the years following on from the 2nd World War slipped slowly by.

Noel Coward kept in touch, arranging, as promised, a Royal photograph to be forwarded from the Queen.  Coward even wrote a story loosely based on the Flemings that he called…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on February 21, 2012 at 9:41am — No Comments

GRANDMOTHER'S COUSIN - PT 2

FRANK FLEMING

Levuka where it all started

My numerous forebears, it seems, were predestined to roam far from their birthplace.  Great Grandmother Geraldine I always thought was the…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on February 18, 2012 at 11:15am — No Comments

MAGGIE MCGOWAN'S COUSIN - Pt 1

GRANDMOTHER’S COUSIN

Chance, serendipity, coincidence... there’s no denying luck does play a big part when you set out to explore your ancestors background.  

 

I started with virtually nothing, a few tattered letters and clippings, my grandmother’s maiden name, my grandfather’s alias, two small towns on a world map, Levuka in Fiji and Peru, Indiana and very little else. Then childhood memories kicked in, followed by search…

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Added by Robyn Mortimer on February 16, 2012 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

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