This 1994 book is a study of an important aspect of Pacific history and political economy, the mining of gold and the development of an indigenous labour force in Fiji from 1930 to 1970. The book focuses on the town of Vatukoula, which is in the north-west of Fiji's largest island Viti Levu and is the country's only company mining town. Labour and Gold in Fiji examines the mechanics of the labour market but also focuses on the ordinary working lives, experiences and struggles of the mining community. By examining the impact of gold mining in Fiji, the author extracts a number of important themes significant to Fijian social and economic history and the Third World in general. She traces the making and undoing of working class indigenous mine labour in Fiji, discussing various aspects of economic coercion as well as the social consequences of Fijian incorporation into the colonial labour market.
Glossary; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Making and managing a monopoly 1930-50; 2. Mobilising mine labour 1934-50: who, why and how?; 3. Employment and earnings; 4. Life and work on the frontier 1934-50; 5. Labour resistance and conflict 1935-50; 6. Difficult years: coping and copping it 1950-70; Epilogue; Appendices; References.