A History of Resource Control and Contest
in Solomon Islands, c. 1800–1997
Judith A. Bennett
Pacific Forest explores the use of the forests of the Solomon Islands from the prehistoric period up to the end of 1997, when much of the indigenous commercial forest had been logged. It is the first study of the history of the forest in any Pacific Island; the first analysis of the indigenous and British colonial perceptions of the Melanesian forest; and the first critical analysis for this region, not only of colonial forest policies but of later policies and practices which made the governments of independence exploiters of their own people. Pacific Forest addresses a range of evidence drawn from several disciplines, and is a major contribution to environmental history.
Judy Bennett, an Australian living in New Zealand, grows roses and vegetables and teaches history at the University of Otago, Dunedin in Te Wai Pounamu (the South Island). In the 1970s, after teaching for some years in Papua New Guinea, she extended her interest in Pacific History through her post-graduate work, which led her to the Solomon Islands. Outcomes of this were her award-winning book, Wealth of the Solomons: a history of a Pacific Archipelago, c. 1800-1978 (Honolulu, 1987), a classic in its field, as well as two books for Solomons’ high school students. She has written also on aspects of labour history in Hawaii, Solomons, Fiji, and Queensland and on colonial administration in New Guinea.
Chapter 1. Solomons Forests
Chapter 2. To Open the Forest
Chapter 3. A Great Coconut Estate
Chapter 4. From the Shortlands to Santa Cruz: Beginning the Timber Industry
Chapter 5. The Vanikoro Kauri Timber Company
Chapter 6. World War Two: Focus on Forests
Chapter 7. Domestic Needs and Overseas Markets, c. 1950–1963
Chapter 8. The Government is but a Stranger …
Chapter 9. The Forestry Department and the Control of Species, c. 1960–1980
Chapter 10. Contest for the Forests, c. 1963–1985
Chapter 11. Attempts at Control? c. 1980–1990
Chapter 12. Aiding the Forests
Chapter 13. Provincial Ambitions, Community Aspirations: The Western Islands, 1985–1995
Chapter 14. Provincial Ambitions, Community Aspirations: Central and Eastern Islands, 1985–1995
Chapter 15. Profits and Loss, c. 1982–1996
Chapter 16. Contested State: Contest of States, 1993–1997
Conclusion. The Forest, Contested and Uncontested
Publication date: 15 March 2022
ISBN 978-1-912186-54-9 (PB) £30. 528pp.