New Zealand Methodist Church OnLine History
 Go to Index

I Remember

1 Early Days
2 Teaching at Nailaga in Ba, Fiji
3 Davuilevu, the head mission station
4 More about Davuilevu
5 Dilkusha
6 The "Southern Cross" crossed the Pacific,
and some Meditations on Money
7 A Hurricane
8 Inland Journeys
9 Two Centenaries
10 Various Holidays
11 Life in Kadavu
12 Matavelo Girls' School
13 New Zealand Interlude
14 Back to Fiji
15 Last Teaching Years
16 Independent Fiji

The first "marama sisita" I met on arriving in Fiji in 1938, was "Miss Ames" - her father had met me at the boat in Suva, and I spent my first few days at Davuilevu in her cottage. I recall being somewhat overwhelmed by her effortless identification with the Fijian people, her knowledge of their way of life, and her fluency in the language. After eighteen years' service, Miss Hames had already made a substantial contribution in the field of education. Those years were, however, but a beginning-the thirty which followed were to be a period of far-reaching change for the peoples of Fiji, and were to bring to the fore one of Miss Hames' most endearing qualities - her readiness to accept new ways and ideas. Not for her the backward looking nostalgia for the "old days". She finds the present exciting, is delighted to see so many of her former pupils realising their full potential as leaders in the community, and must surely re-joice in the knowledge that she has contributed so much towards this. These memoirs are fascinating. They are completely lacking in sentimentality, and, spiced with her delightfully astringent sense of humour, they reveal her great affection for Fiji and its people. This is indeed Volunteer Service Abroad writ large.

May McIntosh
Lower Hutt
22 May 1972