forbes : unconducted wanderers,
Rosita Forbes : Unconducted
Forbes, Rosita: Unconducted
John Lane, the
Head, London, 1919, pages 16-17.
The Pacific: An exhibition of
from the Monash University Library Rare Books Collection.
27 September 2007- 29 February 2008
Exhibition room, level 1, ISB Wing, Sir
Louis Matheson Library, Clayton campus.
by Rosita Forbes. (London: John Lane, 1919)
an Englishwoman, born in Lincoln, was "a bold and successful
was her first book.
her journey though the Pacific to Asia, with long
descriptions of the islands,
especially Hawaii. Her later reputation rests however on her
the Arab countries of North Africa and the Near East. Her
of Hawaii, Honolulu on the island of Oahu, are captured
in bloom and fig-trees, and only a hedge of scarlet hibiscus
us from the far-famed Waikiki beach where brown Hawaiian boys
in on their surf-boards -bronze statues upright upon the
of the whirling surf, foam-crowned!
It was quite
a different effect whenever we tried to do it.
ingenuity, our surf-boards used to turn over, deposit us on a
vicious coral rock, deliver several sharp blows to the head as
to rise from underneath them and float triumphantly away,
leaving us puffing
and panting a quarter of a mile from shore.
... But, oh,
the joy when first one mastered the intricacies of the
surf-board and came
sweeping shorewards at the speed of an express train, on the
of a wave, tilted a little forward with the foam whirling
right and left
of Honolulu is amphibious.
in bathing kit, generally a la Annette Kellerman, at all
hours and in all
places - on foot in the hotel gardens, in cars along the big
and undisguised and burnt a beautiful, dark copper brown.
1919, pages 16-17.
Geoff Cater (2007-2016) :
: Unconducted Wanderers, 1919.