Oceania - The Robert Louis Stevenson Collection
Robert Louis Stevenson was the most famous "palagi"(white man) to find his way to Samoa where he is held dearly in Samoan memories. Stevenson wrote the following poignant elegy, engraved on one face of his tomb which ends with the following lines:
And the hunter home from the hill.
Home is the sailor, home from the sea,
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Robert Louis Stevenson's tomb lies atop Mount Vaea on Upolu, Samoa.
During the late 19th century, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled extensively throughout the islands of the Pacific.
He made a photographic record of his journeys which have encapsulated life in the Pacific Islands at this time.
The images below are of some of the people that Stevenson met during his journey.