Robert Sidney Foster

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Sir Robert Sidney Foster (1913-2005) was a British colonial administrator who held various offices in both Africa and Oceania. He was Fiji's last colonial governor (1968-1970) and first Governor-General (1970-1973).

Address opening Fiji's first parliamentary session as an independent nation (excerpts)

  • "In the lives of nations some occasions possess a unique character. Surely this, the opening of the Independent Fiji's first Parliament, is one of them."
  • "On the 10th day of October, Fiji achieved nationhood in the fullest sense of that term. There was no declaration of independence on her part, since independence was freely given. There was simply a grateful acceptance of the independence that was offered, and a dedication to the tasks that lay ahead and she became the master of her own destiny and assumed her place in the world family of Nations."


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