A couple of archives in the Pacific Islands recently celebrated International Archives Day on the 9th of June, 2015 that is worth sharing:
In Vanuatu, the National Library and Archives staff set up an exhibition to display old colonial postcards and stamps. Even the first stamp design that was used and posted during the colonial era was on display. The exhibition was the courtesy of Mr. Frederic Petit who is an avid stamps and postcards collector, and who mostly donated the items.
These stamps and postcards are valuable treasures that tells the story of the past, such as arrival of Christianity, Colonial Development in New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and the Custom and Culture of the New Hebrideans (Ni-Vanuatu).
Letter: possibly the first carried letter to Stamp: Australian New Hebrides the New Hebrides (1841) Company (1897)
The staff invited several people to join National Library and Archives record keepers for the official opening of the exhibition. These included, Frederic Petit, Mrs. Ileen Boe, Chair Lady of Vanuatu National Cultural Council, Mr. Lazard Asal, Director of Vanuatu Cultural Center, and Mr. Ambong Thompson, member of Vanuatu National Cultural Council and Head of the Photo and Sounds Unit Archives at Vanuatu Cultural Center.
In Fiji, over 1400 people walked through the Fiji Museum to be part of its Open Day and to celebrate “International Archives Day”.
Chief Guest for the day was His Excellency British High Commissioner Roderick Drummond accompanied by his wife. Also present at the event was His Excellency French Ambassador Michael Djokovic and his wife, Kiribati High Commissioner Reteta Mikuata Rimon and His Excellency New Zealand High Commissioner Mark Ramsden.
At the National Archives each unit provided support for the Open Day by displaying Archival Records, library materials, historical footage and photographs. Thematic displays introduced the items such as Infrastructure, Medical, Education, Armed Forces and Hibiscus. One of the popular areas was the genealogy search that could be conducted by descendants of Indian Immigrants.
To read more about the day at the Fiji National Archives and to view pictures, please check out their Facebook page.