Honiara, the capital of the British Solomon Islands, did not exist before the second world war.
Honiara, the capital of the British Solomon Islands, did not exist before the second world war. Now, it is a thriving town of 3,500-people.
There are a few modern buildings, such as the High Court and the headquarters of the British Administration, responsible for the numerous islands scattered over 900-miles of the Pacific. There is no universal language spoken among the mixed population of Melanesian, Polynesian and Micronesian people. But English, the official language, is being increasingly spoken by young islanders, partly because of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Service.
Head of the Honiara Station is Robert McLeish, an announcer on loan from the B.B.C. His assistant is an islander, Bill Bennet.
Bill Bennet gets about 300-fan letters a week for his programme. Most of them come from his fellow-Solomon Islanders, but good reception is reported from the neighbouring territories of Papua-New Guinea, the New Hebrides and the Gilbert and Ellice Islands.
The radio station broadcasts everything from local market prices to soccer results in its three hours transmission every day. There are no newspapers published in the Protectorate.
These islanders used to listen to the radio in their tiny village in the remote interior. The radio, plus the building of an exact replica of their village, reminds them of home, now that they have come to live and work near Honiara.