The Australian National University
Emeritus Faculty Member

Dr Deryck Scarr

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Post Office Box 729
Jamison Centre, Macquarie
Canberra ACT 2614

Phone/fax: (02) 6253 1783



Born 7 September 1939, Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom

B.A. (Honours) Exeter University 1961 (with prize for History); Ph.D. in Pacific History, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, 1965

Research Scholar, Research Fellow, Senior Fellow in Pacific History, Research School of Pacific and Southeast Asian History, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University 1961-1997; Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide, 1982 and 1989; elected member of the Faculty Board of the Research School 1965-1997 passim; and supervisor throughout of Ph D. students who have included, among others, an historian-turned-novelist as well as a very brave cabinet minister along with civil servants in the Pacific Islands states and a very essential advisor to the Australian Federal Government .

Foundation board member, Joint-Editor 1972 to 1985, Guest Editor 1991, Joint Editor 1992-1995 and Review Editor 1967-1984, The Journal of Pacific History.


Fragments of Empire: a history of the Western Pacific High Commission 1877-1914  (Canberra, ANU Press, and London, C. Hurst & Co Ltd, 1967), xviii & 367, plates, maps.

The Majesty of Colour: a life of Sir John Bates Thurston. Vol 1: I, the Very Bayonet (ANU Press, Canberra, 1973) xxx & 370, plates, maps (later translated into Fijian and serialised over the air by the Fiji Broadcasting Commission).

The Majesty of Colour. Vol II. Viceroy of the Pacific  (Canberra 1980) xvii & 334, plates

Ratu Sukuna: soldier, statesman, man of two worlds (Macmillan Education, Houndmills, 1980) xi & 220, plates, maps.

Fiji: a short history (Sydney, George Allen & Unwin, 1984) xvi & 202, plates (currently being revised and updated).

Fiji: the politics of illusion – the military coups in Fiji (Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 1988) xvii & 161, plates.

The History of the Pacific Islands: kingdoms of the reefs (Melbourne, Macmillan Australia, 1990) xi & 415, maps.

Slaving and Slavery in the Indian Ocean (London, Macmillan, and St Martin’s Press, New York, 1998, xi & 238.

Seychelles since 1770: history of a slave and post-slavery society (London, C. Hurst & Co Ltd and New Jersey, Africa World Press, 1999, xiv & 232.

Passages Through Tropical Time: a history of the Pacific Islands (London, Curzon, 2001) xxvi & 320.

Tuimacilai: a life of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (Adelaide, Crawford House in association with the Fijian Trust Fund Board, 2009) x & 414

And major scholarly journal articles on history and current politics along with of volumes of essays and original texts including A Cruize in a Queensland Labour Vessel to the South Seas, Pacific Islands Portraits (with J.W.Davidson), More Pacific Islands Portraits, Fiji: the Three Legged Stool: selected writings of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna, France in the Pacific, and Echoes of Pacific War (with W.N.Gunson and Jenny Terrell).


August 2010