Dr Christine Weir

BA (Cambridge), PGCE (Birmingham), MLitt, PhD (ANU)
Honorary Lecturer
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Research interests

Main interests: History of Christianity in the Pacific, especially Fiji and Melanesia; representation of colonialism, missions and indigenous societies; the role of the churches in colonial educational provision; the indenture period in Fiji; contemporary Christianity in the Pacific.


After graduating with a history degree and teaching qualifications, I spent years in secondary teaching in UK, Fiji and Australia, then returned to study. My PhD thesis, in the (then) Pacific history department of RSPaS, concerned the ideologies linking Christianity and work in the south-west Pacific, 1870-1930. I then held a short teaching appointment at the University of Waikato, before spending seven years at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, teaching history at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and contining research mainly into various aspects of the history and contemporary manifestations of Christianity in the South Pacific, especially Fiji

Researcher's projects

Current projects: 1. A biography of the late Bishop Jabez Bryce, Anglican archbishop of Polynesia, and ecumenical leader, who straddled the colonial and independence eras in the Pacific and was involved in the World Council of Churches and the Nuclear-free movement.

 2. An investigation of the introduction and development, and then decline, of Methodist Christianity in the interior areas of Viti Levu Fiji, from 1870 to the 1930s, as a study of religious change.

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