The Solomon Islands Historical Encyclopaedia was primarily researched and prepared by Clive Moore, but a work such as this requires a great deal of assistance. It is a pleasure to be able to acknowledge some of the authors I have relied on the most. The spread of references in the bibliography offers some clues. This book could not have been written without the earlier work of Judith Bennett, James Boutilier, Hugh Laracy and Graeme Golden and the invaluable bibliography produced by Sally Edridge. Amongst the early scholars, I would single out Charles Woodford, Charles Fox and Ian Hogbin as providing the most useful resources. There is also is a large literature on the Solomons, generated since the 1880s. I have only dipped into it here, and recommend the Edridge bibliography to all readers seeking more information.
I also wish to thank the anonymous public servants who created the British Solomon Islands Protectorate (BSIP) Annual Reports and the BSIP News Sheet. These were invaluable in filling in annual details for many of the entries. Some entries have been assembled entirely from these government sources.
I have received constant support and encouragement from Rt. Rev. Dr Terry Brown, Dr John Roughan, Sir Peter Kenilorea and Sir Nathaniel Waena. All have answered more questions than they care to remember. Ex-BSIP officials Alan Lindley and James Tedder kindly acted as a sounding board for the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Lynne McDonald assisted in the later stages of the project, checking and expanding Choiseul and other Western Solomons entries and Gary Osmond provided entries on the Wickham family. The several entries which Lynne and Gary wrote are identified as theirs. Terry Brown contributed material to many entries and checked all Anglican entries. Other colleagues have been kind enough to answer a range of questions about various aspects of Solomon Islands history, or gave me permission to use images: Geoffrey Anii, Judith Bennett, Thomas Birk, James Boutilier, Ben Burt, Christensen Andreas Eluaniua, Ian Frazer, David Gegeo, Hugh Firth, Martin Hadlow, Hudson Leung, Hugh Laracy, Pierre Maranda, Stella Ramage, Michael Scott, Archbishop Adrian Smith, Brian Taylor, and Geoffrey White.
I also wish to thank Mary-Louise O'Callaghan, Public Affairs Manager, and Nicholas Coppell, Special Coordinator of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), for their vision and support for the project. The editing was completed by David Akin and Dianna Downing. They managed to turn my often limp prose into reasonable English and their eagle eyes found many inconsistent spellings. I thank them both sincerely. James Donaldson prepared the images for inclusion in the website. Several years ago Anthony Yeates worked as a research assistant gathering information for the project. Without his printouts from microfilm sources little of this would have been possible. Helen McMonagle proofread the final copy. The website graphics were created by Paul Turnbull. The technical work to create the website was completed by Ailie Smith and Helen Morgan at the University of Melbourne's eScholarship Research Centre. I would also like to thank Serena Bagley at the School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics at The University of Queensland for her constant support.
I also wish to acknowledge the support and advice of two of my colleagues. Dr David Akin is acknowledged above as one of the editors. He was much more than this. As an anthropologist and historian of the Solomon Islands he was able to question various inadequacies in the manuscript and made many suggestions for improvements, for which I am grateful. Professor Paul Turnbull provided technical knowledge and contacts without which I would never have been able to make this website a reality.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge the Australian Research Council, whose Discovery grant 2005–2007 funded the acquisition of many of the sources used. RAMSI provided funding for the final editing and production of the website. I also acknowledge my Malaitan families: the descendants of John Kwailiu Abelfai Fatnowna, Ishmael Idumaomo Itea and Charles Luiramo; and the family of Hendry Billy Toate'e.
I have taken care to acknowledge my sources as fully as possible. Where no references are cited, the information either comes from a synthesis of many sources or my own knowledge accumulated since the mid-1970s. I accept responsibility for all errors and welcome feed-back for expanding or correcting the text.
School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
The University of Queensland