Biographical entry: Agisimae, Billy (1880s - 1963)



Born in the mid-1880s, in the 'Are'are area of southern Malaita, Billy Agisimae was the second-to-last surviving Solomon Islander among the thousands who laboured on Fiji plantations. He first went to Queensland and worked for several years at Mackay before being recruited to Fiji in 1907. There he lived at Naisogo, before moving to the Solomoni settlement at Wailailai. He died in late 1963, survived by Joe Ramoitau (q.v.) from 'Oloburi, Malaita. (Halapua 2001; Moore 1985, 288; NS 30 Nov. 1963)

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  • Halapua, Winston, Living on the Fringe: Melanesians of Fiji, Institute of Pacific Studies, Ubiversity of the South Pacific, Suva, 2001. Details
  • Moore, Clive, Kanaka: A History of Melanesian Mackay, Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies and the University of Papua and New Guinea Press, Port Moresby, 1985. Details


  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details