To Pitcairn and Beyond

A. Asbjørn Jøn, Philip Ward, J. S. Ryan


This paper unpacks two episodes of twentieth century 'look see' travel (and tourism) traditions in the Pacific—one at Pitcairn Island and the other at the Galápagos Islands—through a travel narrative collected from the key folklorist J.S. Ryan. An episode from that narrative, the 1954 breaking of a piston on the Ruahine, is also explored, providing more contextual information for the episode than is available in previously published accounts. Finally, the way that these events, and those that followed them, contributed to the development of Ryan's folkloric mindset is examined.


Pitcairn Island; Galápagos Islands; Panama; New Zealand meat exports; Ruahine; Tolkien; Turville-Petre; Frank Fyfe; J.S. Ryan;

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