Noel Rutherford B.A. (N.S.W.) Rh.D. (A.N.U.) is a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of History at the University of Newcastle, where he teaches mainly Australian Colonial and Pacific Islands History. His interest in the Pacific began as a boy in a mission-conscious Methodist family and was nurtured by study under JW Davidson and HE Maude in the Australian Nat. University's Dept of Pacific History. He is currently working on a history of the Friendly Islands.