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My love of the South Pacific

Event Information

  • 16 Mar 2011 7:30pm
  • Queensland Family History Society, 58 Bellevue Tce., Gaythorne
  • Brisbane
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: Free

Come and hear Jim Burton speak on the South Pacific.

Jim spent twenty years residing and working in seven locations in the South Pacific islands groups of Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Since returning to Australia he has been gathering records not only of his own South Pacific years but also of the activities of his fellow travellers. Jim has established an elaborate routine to achieve his goals.

During 1993-95 Jim Burton made three compilations of information from the Pacific Islands Monthly, under the headings, People, Shipping and Island Groups. Guided by the two indexes to the PIM, for 1930-45 and 1945-55, he has produced 174 files of documents on People and 15 files on Shipping and continues to develop and extend his collection. He has also compiled booklets of information from the PIM on Island Groups, eg. Fiji (60pp.) and PNG (114pp.), which are available to anyone prepared to reimburse the costs of photocopying, binding and postage.
Jim Burton has also been working on a broader project Documenting the Families and the Identities of the South Pacific Islands - A Biographical Dictionary. This project has been underway for the past 20 years ...