Collection MS 14 - Diary, in Tahitian, Mangarevan and English, kept on Flint Island, Eastern Pacific

Diary, in Tahitian, Mangarevan and English, kept on Flint Island, 1889-1890 Diary, in Tahitian, Mangarevan and English, kept on Flint Island, 1890-1891
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Diary, in Tahitian, Mangarevan and English, kept on Flint Island, Eastern Pacific

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  • 14 April 1889 - 31 January 1891 (Creation)

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1 reel; 35mm microfilm; Digital PDF

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H.I.N. Moouga appears to have been of Mangarevan descent and foreman of a team of coconut plantation workers from French Polynesia and Niue, employed on Flint Island by J.T. Arundel and Co. of London.

The names of the workers are listed in the opening pages of the diary. The mixture of languages in which the diary is written may have been the lingua franca of the multi-lingual community on Flint Island. Moouga details daily weather conditions, prevailing winds, land areas cleared, coconut palms planted, coconuts harvested, crushed and cut. He describes also the difficult conditions under which the group worked - fire-ant infections, lack of medical care, lack of food, food contaminated by rust - and the often difficult relationships between the workers themselves and between them and the Arundel family. In the concluding pages of the diary, Moouga says that he has had more than enough of the life and asks to be repatriated.

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Institution: Pacific Collection, Special Collections, Barr Smith Library
Address: The University of Adelaide, LOT 1207 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
Country: Australia

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/accessing.php

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Digital copies courtesy of University of Adelaide Library, Rare Books and Manuscripts. Documents have been resized for web-delivery.

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