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Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna[1]

Male 1888 - 1958  (70 years)


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  • Name Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna 
    Prefix Ratu Sir 
    Born 22 Apr 1888  Bau, Tailevu, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service Abt 1918 
    French Foreign Legion 
    • During World War I, he joined the French Foreign Legion being awarded the Croix de Guerre
    Degree Bef 1921 
    B.A. and LL.B 
    • by 1921 had graduated with both a B.A. and an LL.B. degree (becoming the first-ever Fijian to receive a university degree),
    Acceded 1938 
    Tui Lau 
    • 2nd Tui Lau 1938/1958,
    Acceded 1954 
    Speaker of the Legislative Council 
    • first Speaker of the Legislative Council in 1954;
    Died 30 May 1958 
    Notes 
    • (Research):Ratu Sir Josefa Lalabalavu Vana'ali'ali Sukuna, born 22nd April 1888 in Bau, 2nd Tui Lau 1938/1958, K.B.E. [cr.1946], C.B.E. [cr.1939], in his time, he was regarded as a credible contender for the title of Tui Viti; he was educated privately by Rev. Charles Andrew, and at Wanganui Collegiate School in New Zealand, he joined the civil service as a fifth class clerk in 1907, became assistant master of the Lakeba school and also became visiting examiner at Queen Victoria School and Levuka Public School in 1909; he entered Wadham College, Oxford in 1913 to study history, graduating in 1918; during World War I, he joined the French Foreign Legion being awarded the Croix de Guerre, after which he proceeded to the Middle Temple in London, and by 1921 had graduated with both a B.A. and an LL.B. degree (becoming the first-ever Fijian to receive a university degree), he was instrumental in establishing the Native Land Trust Board, and was appointed the first Speaker of the Legislative Council in 1954; married 1stly, 1928, Adi Maraia Vosawale, born 17th March 1903 in Bau, M.B.E., died 1st August 1956, married 2ndly, 1950, Adi Maca Likutabua, born 1934, died 2000, daughter of Roko Lenaitasi Gucake. He died «i»spl«/i» 30th May 1958.

      http://members.iinet.net.au/~royalty/states/fiji/vunivalu.html

      Son of «u»Rt Jone Madraiwiwi-Father of Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna «/u» and «u»Adi Litiana Maopa «/u»
      Husband of «u»Adi Maraia Vosawale «/u»
      Brother of «u»Adi Asenaca Teimumu Vuikaba «/u»; «u»Ratu Tiali Wimbledon Thomas Vuiyasawu (Roko Tui Lomaiviti) «/u»; «u»Ratu Joni Antonio Rabici Doviverata (Roko Tui Bau) «/u»; «u»Adi Kacaraini Loaloakubou «/u» and «u»Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua

      http://www.geni.com/people/Ratu-Josefa-Lalabalavu-Vana-ali-ali-Sukuna-Tui-Lau/6000000002870347994«/u»
    Person ID I66149  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 18 Feb 2015 

    Father Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi,   b. 1859, Suva , Viti Levu, Fiji Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1920  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Adi Litiana Maopa,   b. 1864,   d. May 1933  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1886  Suva, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F551619261  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Adi Maraia Vosawale,   b. 17th March 1903, Bau, Tailevu, Fiji, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1956  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 1928 
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F551619285  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Adi Maca Likutabua,   b. 1934,   d. 2000  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1950 
    Last Modified 9 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F551619286  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Roko Melaia Lutu,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 17 Jan 2015 
    Family ID F551619317  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S1742] Henry Soszynski, World of Royalty Website, 1996-2012, Vunivalu page., Soszynsk, Henry, (http://members.iinet.net.au/~royalty/states/fiji/vunivalu.html), ) (Reliability: 3).