The first Europeans to land and live among the Fijians were shipwrecked sailors like.
The Queensland Act, which regulated indentured labour in Queensland, was made law in Fiji also.
Temperatures in the cool season average 22 °C 72 °F.
Gordon also extinguished the ability of Fijians to own, buy or sell land as individuals, the control being transferred to colonial authorities.
In 1875—76 the resulting epidemic of measles killed over 40,000 Fijians, about one-third of the Fijian population.