The School of Governance, Development and International Affairs of the University of the South Pacific Post Graduate Studies organized a tour of the National Archives to assist their students in understanding the functions of the Department and the type of primary and secondary resources available. The group was given an overview of access levels for both closed and open records and the volume of the records in the Archives holdings. We met up with Sela Epeli a Post Graduate Diploma student that was part of the group and she shared on her view of the tour.
“My name is Sela Epeli and I am Secretary in the School of Governance, Development and International Affairs at USP and I am also a student completing my Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies. My research interest, the whole idea of me coming on this organized is because I am interested in doing a family trace on my grandfather four generations back who was a British Official sent to Rotuma and finding out what happened to him when he went back to England. Aside from the family interest my research interest is the development trajectory of Rotuma 30 or 40 years todate and how it has impacted on our Rotuman culture, tradition and especially language which we are sadly losing.”
“The tour today has been very helpful. I like all the sections and of course well you can’t just do research in isolation. For me the Library and Archives Admin Sections were the most interesting for me. I got a lot of information on the processes I will go through, what I need for my research. I would recommend this for anyone interested in tracing family background and on any topic actually. The National Archives is just a treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.”
“You are so understaffed. There needs to be a lot more staff. It’s just sad that there is so much history here, so much information. If only people were aware.”
“I am happy with the support we were given today. I remember coming here when I was in high school, I was lost and I didn’t get what I came for but today it’s like a different story and technology has helped out a lot. It has been an awesome morning.”