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Now I may get into trouble with the moderators for this one.
A little history will explain. In the 1870s my great grandfather and his 3 brothers (and their father as well) were amongst the first professional photographers through the Pacific Islands.
Their main base to start with was the then capital of Fiji, Levuka, a whaling port on the small island of Ovalau. Later there were studios in Tonga, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island.
In 1997 I spent some time trying to take equivalent photos to what my great grand father took.
The 2 photos in this collage were taken from the top of the same hill, the bottom one by my great grand father in about 1875 and the top one by me in 1997.
Some buildings survived cyclones and time to be in both photos - the red roofed one in the centre foreground for one.
Photos in the 1870 were all taken on glass plates and the ones from Fiji have now been given by our family to the Fiji Museum in Suva.
My mother's parents were born in Fiji and as my mother was their eldest I am now in possession of the main photo book that was produced in Fiji. I am currently getting it restored.
I'll come back to Fiji again in a week after I return from a trip to our highest mountains (The Snowy Mountains).

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  • Copyright: Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2277 W: 91 N: 7222] (31987)
  • Genre: Lieux
  • Medium: Couleur
  • Date Taken: 1997-00-00
  • Camera: Ricoh XR10
  • Versions: version originale
  • Date Submitted: 2020-11-16 20:50
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