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Sir Arther Hamilton Gordon was appointed as the first governor of  the new British colony of Fiji. Levuka was the initial capital,  (1875-1877) but due to land restraints the centre of government moved to Suva.


Published in The Illustrated Australian News. 1875.


Wood engraving.


225 x 375 mm.


Wood engravings were first produced in Europe in the fifteenth century. During the late eighteenth century the process was reintroduced and used for inexpensive illustrated books. The nineteenth century publishing phenomena of the illustrated newspaper was made possible by use of the technique. The process allowed for the illustration and the text to be printed by a single pass through the printing press using the letterpress method.  It also made it possible for several engravers or even a team to produce and work on a single illustration at the same time.

All the major artists of the period contributed to the illustrations. Some papers acknowledged the artists on the plates but The Australasian Sketcher appears to have had a policy of anonymity. Where known, we have included the artist’s name.


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