Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva

Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum, Suva (must see)

Thurston Gardens was opened at the present site on August 15, 1913. (It had been previously situated in another neighborhood). The most prominent landmark in the park is the drinking fountain, erected by Mayor Henry Marks in January of 1914. Shortly after its inauguration, Mayor Marks was drowned in the St. Lawrence River, Canada, through the sinking of the S.S. Empress of Ireland, May 23, 1914. In his memory an octagonal bandstand, with its classical, columned clock tower was opened by the governor, Sir Bickham Sweet-Escott, on June 7, 1918.

The Fiji Museum, which is adjacent to the east end of the park, was founded on a collection presented to the Suva Town Board by former Gov. William Allardyce in 1904.

Among the exhibits are collections of war clubs, ivory necklaces, cannibal forks, spears, bowls, pottery, tools, cooking utensils, combs, and a replica of a huge drua, an ancient, double-hulled canoe. One of the war clubs, used in battle, has several notches chiseled in it, each representing an enemy slain.

The rear of the museum is dedicated to the arrival of European and U.S. sailing vessels, highlighting the bêche-de-mer, whaling and sandalwood eras. There is also an exhibit illustrating the saga of the Indian indenture period, and the infamous blackbirding trade that brought Micronesians and Melanesians to Fiji. In addition, you’ll see actual relics from the legendary HMS Bounty. There is also a superb collection of old masi (tapa bark cloth) in an air-con room.

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday, Saturday: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm; Friday 9:30 – 4 pm

Tips:
The Ginger Café, on the Museum’s deck, is a wonderful place to take a break and congratulate yourself for completing the walking tour. It’s a great spot to chill if you’re waiting to catch a cab back to your hotel.

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Sight Name: Thurston Gardens and Fiji Museum
Sight Location: Suva, Fiji (See walking tours in Suva)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Suva can lay certain claim to being the largest and perhaps the most livable city in the South Pacific outside New Zealand or Australia. The capital of Fiji since 1883, it is set on 15 sq km of peninsula adjacent to one of the finest naturally protected harbors in the South Seas, and is a home for about 330,000 residents (including suburbs and neighboring communities).

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles