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Notes on the Geography of Fiji: Fiji: Photo 23

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In Brewster's time, a circumferential road had finally been completed around the island, but there were no roads across the island. He hoped for a railroad and wrote (p. 268) that the island could "be crossed almost entirely from north to south" by following "the valleys of the Rewa and Wainimbuka at easy gradients without any serious engineering difficultuies. It could be electrified also by the water power from the numerous brooks en route, and a short tunnel through the Natunu Gap would bring it down to the level coast plains."

About 1900 the colonial government, working jointly with the sugar company and the Union Steamship Company, did manage to build a 125-mile telephone line across the island. Brewster's railroad, however, never came, and even this road, heading north from Sigitoka, deteriorates badly in 10 or 15 miles.

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