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Suva under steam: mobile men and a colonial port capital 1880s-1910s

Chapter


Abstract


  • In her narrative of a cruise through the South Pacific, travel

    writer Beatrice Grimshaw's initial impressions of Suva echo "first contacts"

    between indigenous islanders and European explorers. Although

    Grimshaw writes from an early twentieth-century vantage point, aboard

    a steamship entering a colonial port town, these men staring back are

    unknown and, perhaps, forever unknowable. They remain "strange,"

    "dark," and "savage." Their appearance conjures up "horrible" visions

    of the likely harm that awaits landing. Yet on clo er reflection, this is

    the European capital of Fiji, a "populous and busy town." Fijian "savages"

    have become peaceable, nonthreatening wharf l aborer and passive

    "spectators" through the transformative reach of imperial tran portation

    and trading networks.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Edition


  • 1

Citation


  • Steel, F. M. 2008, 'Suva under steam: mobile men and a colonial port capital 1880s-1910s', in T. Ballantyne & A. Burton (eds), Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire, 1 edn, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago. pp. 110-126.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780252033759

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1669

Book Title


  • Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire

Start Page


  • 110

End Page


  • 126

Place Of Publication


  • Urbana and Chicago

Abstract


  • In her narrative of a cruise through the South Pacific, travel

    writer Beatrice Grimshaw's initial impressions of Suva echo "first contacts"

    between indigenous islanders and European explorers. Although

    Grimshaw writes from an early twentieth-century vantage point, aboard

    a steamship entering a colonial port town, these men staring back are

    unknown and, perhaps, forever unknowable. They remain "strange,"

    "dark," and "savage." Their appearance conjures up "horrible" visions

    of the likely harm that awaits landing. Yet on clo er reflection, this is

    the European capital of Fiji, a "populous and busy town." Fijian "savages"

    have become peaceable, nonthreatening wharf l aborer and passive

    "spectators" through the transformative reach of imperial tran portation

    and trading networks.

Publication Date


  • 2008

Edition


  • 1

Citation


  • Steel, F. M. 2008, 'Suva under steam: mobile men and a colonial port capital 1880s-1910s', in T. Ballantyne & A. Burton (eds), Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire, 1 edn, University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago. pp. 110-126.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780252033759

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1669

Book Title


  • Moving Subjects: Gender, Mobility and Intimacy in an Age of Global Empire

Start Page


  • 110

End Page


  • 126

Place Of Publication


  • Urbana and Chicago