Pacific Islander Collection

The Pacific Islander ethnographic object collections number approximately 2300 items, nearly half dating to the mid-late 19th Century. The countries from which we hold material are listed below in order of largest to smaller collections. A small proportion of the total collection remains without provenance and is the subject of on-going research.

We also hold extensive numbers of historic photographs with relevance to the cultures and histories of the region.

ET.84.174.4 ©Sydney University Museums

Map of the Pacific Islands showing early 20th century European trade routes. Burns Philp & Co Ltd (1925), Picturesque Travel (detail, ET84.174.4) © Sydney University Museums

Collection summary

 

Papua New Guinea

884

Papua and West Papua (Indonesia)

479

Solomon Islands

288

Vanuatu

178

Fiji

131

Tonga

59

Kiribati

35

Cook Islands

33

Samoa

31

Aotearoa – New Zealand

20

Caroline Islands

21

Niue

13

New Caledonia

12

Hawaii

7

Tuvalu

7

Marshall Islands

4

Easter Island

2

Pitcairn

2

Wallis & Futuna

2