• Registration Year

    2013

  • Registered Sector

    Levuka Historical Port Town

  • Historical Function

    First colonial capital of Fiji and port

  • Regional Secretariat
    Asia-Pacific

Location and site

Historical Reference

The town and its low line of buildings set among coconut and mango trees along the beach front was the first colonial capital of Fiji, ceded to the British in 1874. It developed from the early 19th century as a centre of commercial activity by Americans and Europeans who built warehouses, stores, port facilities, residences, and religious, educational and social institutions around the villages of the South Pacific island’s indigenous population. It is a rare example of a late colonial port town that was influenced in its development by the indigenous community which continued to outnumber the European settlers. Thus the town, an outstanding example of late 19th century Pacific port settlements, reflects the integration of local building traditions by a supreme naval power, leading to the emergence of a unique landscape.

Mr. Napolioni Masirewa
Special administrator
Levuka Town Council
P.O. Box 70
Levuka, Fiji Islands
Tel:
(679) 344 0014
Fax:
(679) 344 0288
Email:
nmasirewa@gmail.com
Mr. Josese Rakuita
Chief Executive Officer
Levuka Town Council

Levuka, Fiji
Tel:
(679) 9740700
Fax:

Email:
jrakuita@gmail.com
Sacred Heart Church, Levuka, Fiji
Ville portuaire historique de Levuka