Photographer's Note

The old capital of Fiji, Levuka, is where my grandfather was born. His father was one of the first photographers in the South Pacific. One of the photos of Levuka taken by my great-grandfather (Alfred Dufty) or his brother Frank is currently in an exhibition at the Australian National Gallery in Canberra. In 1997 I stayed in Levuka for a week and tried to re-create some of my great-grandfather's photos.
One of those photos was of this scene taken in 1880 from Gun Rock overlooking the original Levuka village. (Scanned from a negative).
Given that we are not meant to upload photos taken by someone else I've uploaded the original photo as a workshop so that you can see what it looked like in 1880.
Levuka then was a major trading, whaling and re-supply port for the south Pacific with many pubs. You'll notice a big difference in the type of boats visiting Levuka - these days it is mainly pleasure boast except for the occasional ship collecting tuna from the canning factory at the top of the photo.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4457 W: 102 N: 12353] (51095)
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