HC Deb 10 July 1876 vol 230 cc1174-5

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether there is any truth in the report of serious disturbances having recently taken place in the Fiji Islands?


It is true, Sir, that some disturbances have occurred in Fiji; but I am happy to say that the reports which have been circulated are considerably exaggerated, and that the disturbances do not deserve the adjective "serious" which my hon. Friend applies to them. It appears that raids were made upon some native villages by a section of the neighbouring mountain tribes. The Governor reports that the outbreaks were of a purely local character, that he had taken prompt steps to restore order, and that he had no apprehension respecting the peace of the colony.