Biographical entry: Rora


Rora was a chief from Ugi Island at the end of the nineteenth century. When Europeans were nearby he always wore an assistant pay-master's naval frock-coat given to him by the crew of HMS Penguin, decked out with bogus medals made from rupees, half dollars and florins on coloured ribbons. His coat also had turkey-red streamers down to the tails and he wore an old pair of uniform trousers. The picture of him in Judith Bennett's 1987 book shows the coat but no trousers. (SCL 15 Oct. 1898, 5; Bennett 1987, 99)

Published resources


  • Bennett, Judith A., Wealth of the Solomons: A History of a Pacific Archipelago, 1800-1978, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, 1987. Details


  • Southern Cross Log (SCL). Details