Pacific Websites



ABE Books USA (esp. secondhand, online only including some Australia, online catalog)

Alibris — Hard-to-find books

All Arts Bookshop

Amazon Books USA (huge listing, mainly new, online only, online catalog)

Anah Dunsheath Antiquarian Booksellers (Auckland, NZ)

Asia Pacific Press (ANU, Canberra) (publisher's catalog online)

Association of American University Presses

Barnes & Noble USA

Berkelouw (Sydney & Berrima) (esp.secondhand)

Bibliophile bookbase  (antiquarian, rare and out-of-print bookfinder)

Bishop Museum Press

Bishop Museum Scholarly Publications (articles and books available as pdf files) (very useful site, checks many sources and lists in any currency including postage)

Bookstore "De Verre Volken" (Leiden, NL) (online catalog)

Clouston & Hall Booksellers (remainders retailer, online catalog)

CMG Books (Toronto)

Crawford House Publishing Aust (Adelaide)

e-Book Mall  (books online for purchase at usually reasonable prices) (books online for purchase, many academic titles incl 800 anthropology, not cheap)

Ethnographic Arts Publications

Fiji Museum Publications (Gift Shop)

Éditions Haere Po Tahiti (some titles in both French and English, and some free to download)

Hawaiian Books`

IPS Books, University of the South Pacific Online listing of all publications to date

Jean-Louis Boglio Maritime Books (extensive Pacific listings)

Leiden Ethnographic Museum Bookshop (Holland)

Macleay Museum Bookshop (Sydney University)

Map South Pacific (maps and guide books)

Masalai Press (specialising in books about the Pacific, esp. PNG)

Océanie Afrique Noire (OAN) (New York)

Pacific Bookhouse (online catalog)

Pacific Dissertations & Theses from the University of Hawai'i 1923-2008

Pacific Island Books

Pacific Islands Bookstore

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau

Pacific Manuscripts Bureau 2;

Pasifika Press (Auckland NZ)

Picadilly Books (Auckland NZ)

Powells Bookstore (Portland OR) (new & used, good online service, online catalog)

Publishers catalogs

Semiotic Review of Books

Serendipity Books (Nedlands WA) (mainly secondhand, online catalog)

South Pacific Books (NZ)

Studies in German Colonial Heritage (in Australia & Pacific)

SuperSummary (study guide to classic & modern fiction, and some non-fiction, titles)

Thorntons UK (online catalog)

Tribal World Books (Australia)

United Nations and International Organisations — list of ethnographic works (click here)

University of Chicago Press

University of Hawaii Press

University of Michigan Press

New South Wales Bookshop

University of the South Pacific Book Centre

WorldCat (international book listing along with libraries holding titles, and best price guide. Really useful.)


ASAfilm (short ethnographic films for general viewing)

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Central Highlands of PNG, 1950s film online (25 mins., shows the Lutheran mission at work, but of ethnographic interest))

Films about the Pacific

Moving Images of the Pacific Islands

Na Maka o ka 'Aina

Ngat is Dead: Studying mortuary traditions (about Ton Otto on fieldwork in Baluan, PNG)

Pacific Islanders in Communications

Pacific Stories — Exploring Pacific Islander identity and culture through film

Triton Films (Micronesia)    




ANU E-Press (some full-text titles downloadable as PDF files) (many out-of-copyright books available for pdf or full-text download, including many Pacific titles. Free, but donation suggested to keep it going)

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (many books and articles online) and ACIAR Books Online (many full-text free books)

Internet Archive (many full-text downloads)

Papuaweb (a great variety of downloadable New Guinea material)

Project Gutenburg e-Books (many full-text downloads, a few on the Pacific) AND

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Historical M?ori and Pacific Islands Index

An Account of Samoan History up till 1918, by Te'o Tuvale: 

Aureretanga: Groans of the Maori (1895), by G. W. Rusden: 

Ethnology of Tokelau Islands, by Gordon MacGregor:

Ethnology of Manihiki and Rakahanga, by Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa):

Ethnology of Tongareva, by Peter Buck (Te Rangi Hiroa):

First Lessons in Maori, by William Leonard Williams:

The Past and Present of New Zealand; with its Prospects for the Future (1868), by Rev. Richard Taylor ("a missionary, an acute observer of natural and ethnological phenomena."):

Report of the Commission to Inquire Into and Report Upon the Organization of District and Village Government in Western Samoa:

Through Ninety Years 1826-1916 by Frederic W. Williams (Notes on the lives of William and William Leonard Williams, First and Third Bishops of Waiapu):

Tutira: A New Zealand Sheep Station, by H. Guthrie-Smith (ecology of a 40,000-he

Sydney e-Search Repository (free online resource of books and papers in a wide range of academic disciplines)

University of Adelaide Press

University of Technology Sydney, UTS Press



The Austronesians: historical and comparative perspectives Ed. Peter Bellwood, James J. Fox & Darrell Tryon

Inside Austronesian Houses Ed. James Fox

The changing South Pacific: identities and transformations Eds. Serge Tcherkézoff and Françoise Douaire-Marsaudon

The Coconut Odyssey by Mike Foale

Conflict and Resource Development in the Southern Highlands of Papua New GuineaNicole Haley & Ron May (eds)

Culture and sustainable development in the Pacific Ed. Antony Hooper

Easter Island and its Mysteries by Dr Stéphen Chauvet 1935, trans. Ann Altman ed. Shawn McLaughlin, 2004

‘First Contacts’ in Polynesia: The Samoan Case (1722–1848). Western Misunderstandings about Sexuality and Divinity by Serge Tcherkézoff

Following the Equator by Mark Twain [travels 1895-6 including Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia]

Headhunting in the Solomon Islandsby Caroline Mytinger  (Microsoft Reader eBook)

The Light of Melanesiaby Bishop H.H.Montgomery (1904). Full-text online of this record of the visit by the then Bishop of Tasmania to Norfolk Island, New Hebrides, Banks Islands and the Solomon Islands.>

Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence Ed. Margaret Jolly, Serge Tcherkézoff & Darrell Tryon

Oceanic Explorations: Lapita and Western Pacific Settlement Oceanic Explorations: Ed. Stuart Bedford, Christophe Sand & Sean P. Connaughton

Oh, What a Blow That Phantom Gave Me! by Edmund Carpenter: Full text online

"Progress is great…": making sense of the colonial past in Outback Australia by Eve Vincent

Sexual snakes, winged maidens and sky gods: Myth in the Pacific. An Essay in cultural transparency. Edited by Serge Dunis.

South Sea Tales by Jack London: Full text online

Telling Pacific lives Ed. Brij V. Lal & Vicki Luker

The tireless traveller: Twenty letters to the Liverpool Mercury, 1875 by Anthony Trollope [including a chapter on Fiji]. Full text online at

The voyage of the Beagle by Charles Darwin: Full text online at


Anthony Trollope on Fiji

Fijian Society By Rev. W. Deane 1921

Mark Twain in Fiji

The natives of Rotuma. By J. Stanley Gardiner, B.A. 1898. Journal  of the Royal Anthropological Institute 27:396-435, 457-524

The Rotuma Website: Transnational Relations and the Articulation of Cultural Identity by Caroline Clark. 2005. MA thesis, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

The Whale Tooth Jack London's fictionalised story of the killing of missionary Thomas Baker (called John Starhurst in this story ) in 1864 in Colo, Fiji.

A time bomb lies buried: Fiji’s road to Independence, 1960-1970 Brij V. Lal

From election to coup in Fiji Ed. Jon Fraenkel & Stewart Firth

The 2006 military takeover in Fiji 2009 Ed. Jon Fraenkel, Stewart Firth & Brij V. Lal

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