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 Ratu Epeli Nailatikau I

Ratu Epeli Nailatikau I

A carte-de-visite portrait of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau I (1842 - 1901), a Fijian Paramount Chief, who was posthumously made the Vunivalu of Bau. He was the eldest son of the first Tui Viti, Ratu Seru Epenisa Cakobau (popularly known as King Cakobau) and his first wife, Adi Litia Samanunu.

He acted as his father's right hand man in the Bauan struggles for power, and was subsequently made a Governor of many of the Fijian states and a minister in various early portfolios. He was also a signatory to the 1874 Deed of Cession to Great Britain.

Photographed by F.H. Dufty of Levuka, formerly the capital of Fiji.

Code: 124835
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