Photo Government House P.99680.VH

[singlepic id=319 w=450 h=250 float=none]Government House
A small child, possibly the Governor’s son, Jack, seated on a pony with two Fijian attendants in front of Government House. Note the combination of Fijian and European-style architecture.
Nasova, Ovalau Island, Fiji. Collected by A. von Hügel, 1875-77. P.99680.VH

Rooms are large and very airy, the walls being made in the native fashion, of reeds, so that the breeze passes right through; the roof is thatch and the floor cement… as far as coolness is concerned, this is the best tropical house I have ever seen. Arthur J. L. Gordon’s letter to his mother, 15 July 1875.

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