British Western Pacific Territories

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The British Western Pacific Territories was the name of a colonial entity, created in 1877, for the administration, under a single representative of the British Crown, styled High Commissioner, of a series of relatively minor Pacific islands in and around Oceania. The position of Western Pacific High Commissioner was created by the Western Pacific Order in Council 1893 made by the Privy Council. It was initially aimed at extending the jurisdiction of British law to British subjects in the Western Pacific Region.

Island groups

SS Tokelau - Government Steamer Gilbert & Ellice Islands Protectorates (30 April 1909)

List of High Commissioners for the Western Pacific (1877–1976)

The office was never an independent one, but always filled ex officio the Governorship of one of the constitutive British islands colonies

High Commissioners for the Western Pacific and Governors of Fiji (1877–1953)

Administered from Suva, Fiji:

Between 1942 and 1945, the high commission was suspended. While most islands were under British military administration, the Solomon Islands, Gilbert Islands and Phoenix islands came under Japanese occupation.

High Commissioners for the Western Pacific and Governors of the Solomon Islands (1953–1976)

In 1953, Fiji was separated from the High Commission. Following this, the High Commissioner's post moved to Honiara, Solomon Islands, and the High Commissioner was also the Governor of the Solomon Islands.

vacant

On 2 January 1976 the office and the entity were abolished, after nearly all island groups had been given separate statehood.

In 2002 the archived records of this High Commission were transferred to New Zealand, and are now held at The University of Auckland Library, Special Collections.[1]

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