Land, cane and coconuts

Many different cash-crops have been trialled in Oceania. Some of the most successful crops have been sugar cane and coconuts grown for copra. The images in this section from the CSR Ltd and Burns Philp collections explore the sugar cane and coconut industry on different Pacific Islands 

Pacific scholars, R. Gerard Ward, Frank Ellis and Harold Brookfield wrote about the impact of land use, employment in the sugar industry and coconut growing in the setting of Fiji. Papers shown here are Ward's research materials for the 1985 publication `Land, Cane and Coconuts: Papers on the rural economy of Fiji.