Volume 89 1980 > Volume 89, No. 2 > Notes and news, p 139-142
THE JOURNAL OF THE POLYNESIAN SOCIETY
Indexed in CURRENT CONTENTS, Behavioral, Social and Mangerial Sciences and in INDEX TO NEW ZEALAND PERIODICALS
Copyright © 1980 by the Polynesian Society (Inc.) Auckland
ISSN 0032—4000- 141
NOTES AND NEWS
An Unplanned Tribute
Quite by accident, this issue of the Journal is largely devoted to Pacific history. Ian Campbell's contribution draws upon indigenous accounts and untangles the European “myth” of Charles Savage; Chambers and Munro seek to correct the record of “discoveries” in Tuvalu; and the article by Bedford, Macdonald and Munro (again) brings together diverse material on Kiribati and Tuvalu populations in the second half of the 19th century, assessing and interpreting them.
It cannot be wholly accidental, however, that each of these articles reflects the intellectual influence of Professor Harry Maude, and that two of them record their authors' appreciation of Maude's example, help and comments.
Harry Maude has recently received several well-deserved tributes. A volume of essays (The Changing Pacific, ed. N. Gunson) has been produced in his honour; the people of Kiribati have given official recognition of his contribution to their history; he has received an Honorary Professorship at the University of Adelaide, where his extensive library is housed. This issue of the Journal is also a small tribute to him. Harry Maude has been a regular contributor to the Journal for many years; his very first article was published in its pages 49 years ago. We trust that his contributions will span more than a half-century.
Formation of a Pacific History Association
The Association was formed by more than 50 Pacific historians from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Hawaii attending a conference held at Martindale Hall, South Australia, in May 1980. The Association is intended to bring together those with a professional interest in teaching and research in Pacific history or related disciplines. Conferences will be held on a regular basis; the next is now being planned to precede ANZAAS in Brisbane in May 1981. A newsletter will be published three times a year; newsletter one appeared in July 1980. Personal subscriptions have been set at $10 Australian currency ($5 for students and others not on salary). Institutional subscriptions to the newsletter have also been set at $10.
Further information is available from, and subscriptions should be sent to:
Pacific History Association,
Department of Pacific & SEAsian History,
The Australian National University,
Canberra ACT 2600,
Contributors of Articles to this Issue
Ian Campbell received his Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide and is a Tutor in History at that institution. During 1980 he has held a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Otago. His research is concerned with culture contact in the Pacific, especially in Polynesia.- 142
Keith Chambers is a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Auckland. He taught anthropology at the Unversity of Trondheim and conducted field research in Norway in 1977-9, and worked in Micronesia in 1967. His most extended and intensive research has been in Tuvalu (21 months) and forms the basis of his Ph.D. thesis which will be presented in Anthropology at the University of California (Berkeley). His current research interests are expressive culture, cognitive systems and ethno-history.
Doug Munro has been a postgraduate student at Macquarie University and is presently teaching at the University of the South Pacific. In 1977-8 he did field research in Tuvalu, and, in the following year, was involved in the 1979 Tuvalu census. His current research interests focus on trading and missionary history in the Pacific.
Richard Bedford received his Ph.D. in 1972 from the Australian National University, and is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the University of Canterbury. His research interests include population movements in Melanesia, rural development, and man-environment relationships in small islands.
Barrie Macdonald received his Ph.D. in 1971 from the Australian National University, and is a Senior Lecturer in History at Massey University. However, for 1980-1, he has taken leave to be a Research Fellow in the Department of Pacific and Southeast Asian History at the Australian National University. His research is concerned with the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial history of Kiribati and Tuvalu, contemporary politics in Oceania, and decolonisation in the Pacific, the subject of a book he is presently working on.