Collection PHOTO 12 - Slides from Niue

Niue - Alofi Main St. - Alofi. On right - houses for pastors in training Niue - Burns Philp's Store. Interior of B.P.'s store Alofi. Crowd buying New Zealand sausages and... Niue - Tofua. Tofua at Anchor off Alofi. Niue Alofi - lighters. Alofi landing ramps. Lighters bringing out bags of copra. Niue - coast. Coast line off Niue. Staff houses. Niue - Alofi - lighters. Alofi from Tofua. Lighters coming out to ship. Niue - Alofi. Landing ramp at Alofi. Niue - Alofi. Alofi from Tofus. Landing ramp. Main street. Niue - cottage. Burnt lime and iron roofed cottage. Coral outcrops. Niue - cottage. Niuean cottage of palm fonds and thatch.
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Slides from Niue


  • October 1956 (Creation)

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(1933 - 2023)

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Emeritus Professor R.G. Ward was Professor of Human Geography at the ANU from 1971 to 1998, and Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies from 1980 to 1993.

He was Foundation Professor of Geography at the University of Papua New Guinea from 1967 to 1971. He has taught at University College London, and University of Auckland and is President of the Pacific Science Association. Professor Ward has been conducting research in the Pacific Islands since 1956, and has done fieldwork in Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.

His books, as author or editor, include "Land Use and Population in Fiji", "American Activities in the Central Pacific, 1790-1870", "The Settlement of Polynesia: A Computer Simulation", "Man in the Pacific Islands", "South Pacific Agriculture: Choices and Constraints", "Land, Custom and Practice in the South Pacific", and "Samoa: Mapping the Diversity".

Professor Gerard Ward took these pictures when his ship stopped for a day in October 1956 at Niue whilst on his way to undertake field work in Western Samoa.

Professor Ward has commented on the visit: “One of the striking things about Niue was the upraised coral nature of the island. It is very difficult to cultivate and this is evident in the photographs PMB Photo 12_14 – 16. There is broken coral everywhere so parts of the land have very little soil and are unusable. These pictures show this, PMB Photo 12_26. Another feature is the lack of beaches, making access to the sea difficult and opportunities for fishing limited.”

This collection of photographs include streets and boat ramps around Alofi in Niue. The collection also includes images of local dwellings that use burnt lime plaster, village scenes, plantations, fishing techniques and outrigger canoes.

Ward died on 16 January 2023 in Adelaide.

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Name: Gerard Ward
Address: Canberra
Country: Australia

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Uploaded October 2015.

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Metadata updated to include 'Repository' at Collection and Item level (which fixed ID - AU PMB did not autopopulate), 'Place' and 'Name' access points at Collection and Item levels, and 'Conditions governing reproduction', 'Conditions governing access' and 'Location of copies' at item level - Kari James, 8 October 2021

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