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educator , historian

Brij Vilash Lal, Fijian historian, educator. Recipient Fujio Matsuda award University Hawaii, 1986, Fiji 25th Anniversary of Indepedence medal, 1995. Fellow Australian Academy of Humanities; member Pacific History Association.


Lal, Brij Vilash was born on August 21, 1952 in Labasa, Fiji. Son of Somai and Dhan (Raji) Dass.


Bachelor, University South Pacific, Fiji, 1974. Master of Arts, University British Columbia, Canada, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra, 1981.


Associate lecturer, U. South Pacific, Fiji, 1976-1977;lecturer, U. South Pacific, Fiji, 1981-1983;assistant professor, U. Hawaii, Manoa, 1983-1986;associate professor, U. Hawaii, Manoa, 1983-1992;senior research fellow, Australian National U., Canberra, 1990-1993;senior fellow, Australian National U., Canberra, since 1993;chairman Pacific Manuscripts Bureau, Australian National U., Canberra, since 1993. Member Fiji Constitution Review Commission, 1995-1996. Foundation Pacific Islands visitor University of Auckland, 1997.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Girmitiyas: The Origins of the Fiji Indians, 1983, Power and Prejudice: The Making of the Fiji Crisis, 1988, second edition 1990, Broken Waves: A History of Fiji in the 20th Century, 1992, A Vision for Change: AD Patel and the Politics of Fiji, 1997. Editor: The Contemporary Pacific, 1989-1992, Journal of Pacific History, since 1996.


Fellow Australian Academy of Humanities. Member Pacific History Association.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bushwalking, reading, gardening.


Married Padma Narsey, June 29, 1975. 2 children.

Somai Dass

Dhan (Raji) Dass

Padma Narsey