The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Kerosene lantern

A kerosene lantern like the one here was common in Girmit households and is still found in rural settings in Fiji. The dial attached to the base adjusts the length of the kerosene-soaked wick and thus adjusts the size of the naked flame. A cylindrical glass protects the flame from being blown out by the wind, hence it is often called a 'hurricane lamp'. This lantern was manufactured in England.

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