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Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom$
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David W. Akin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838140

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838140.001.0001

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Suppression and Resistance

Suppression and Resistance

(p.259) Chapter 7 Suppression and Resistance
Colonialism, Maasina Rule, and the Origins of Malaitan Kastom

David W. Akin

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts the events surrounding the “Operation Delouse,” by which leaders of Maasani Rule were arrested. Early on the morning of August 31, 1947, three forces commanded by Donald Cameron, Wilfred Marquand, and David Trench staged surprise raids in north Malaita. They came on ships with squads of police from the Western Solomons. Houses were searched for incriminating documents. The next day Roy Davies jailed Nori on minor charges in ʻAoke, where Kifo and Basi were also picked up and Belo was already in custody. Arrests had started earlier on Makira, Isabel, Gela, and Guadalcanal, and over the next two months operations would move south across Malaita.

Keywords:   Operation Delouse, Maasani Rule, Malaita, Isabel, Gela, Makira, Guadalcanal

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