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Government buildings...A true historical landmark in Suva.
The cathedral is one of the many historical landmarks in Suva.

Historical landmarks around Suva include colonial-style buildings and other significant structures.

A typical example is Government Buildings next to Albert Park, which is the centre of Fiji' s governmental activities.

Up to 1935, the area where Government Buildings stands was a swamp, more than a metre below the present road level, with the mouth of a creek as its centre, and its bed in some places 18m lower than the surrounding area.

Almost five kilometres of reinforced concrete piling was driven down to the creek bed to support the building.

The clock chimes divide the life of Government Buildings office workers and nearby residents into 15 minute segments from 6am to midnight. Then they have a six-hour rest.

The area to the Suva side of where Government Buildings now stands was at one time called Naiqaqi (the crusher) because it was the site of Fiji's first sugar mill.

The mill had to close down in 1875 because the shallow soil in the Suva area could not support the sugar venture.

At another time, instead of the imposing mass of Government buildings the site was covered with shacks which formed a somewhat seedy red-light district.

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