The website is created as a tribute to the people of Bellona and Rennell Islands for their enthusiastic participation in the scientific work carried out by Danish and American scholars.

Dr. Torben Monberg and Dr. Rolf Kuschel collected the scientific material on Bellona and Rennell Islands, Solomon Islands during the years between 1958 and 2007.

All the material is stored in the Manuscript Department of The Royal Library of Denmark. P.O. Box 2149, 1016 Copenhagen K, Denmark. Contacts: cmb@dk or telephone # +45 33474747. Most of the material presented on the website is printable. Please, respect all copyrights. All rights are reserved unless otherwise stated. All site contents and images © 2010

The following stipulation applies to all the material stored in the Library:
It will not be possible to access the collection for thirty years from the date of deposit in 2011, i.e. until 2041, unless, the applicants are descendants of Torben Monberg or, reputable scientists who have legitimate reasons to study some aspects of the material held.

It will be obligatory to apply for a written permission from The Royal Library of Denmark. Under certain circumstances it also may be necessary for the Library to consult with Dr. Rolf Kuschel or Hanne Salto Monberg before approval is given. In their absence, mag.scient. Pernille B. Monberg may give the approval. 

June, 1st 2011

Rolf Kuschel                                                                                  Hanne B. Salto Monberg

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Jane Mink Rossen, born 1932, holds university degrees in anthropology (Goddard College, Vermont) and botany (Columbia University, New York). In 1964 she began to work as a Research Fellow at the Danish Folklore Archives and was inspired by Dr. Samuel H. Elbert and Dr. Torben Monberg to undertake field work on Bellona Island in 1974 and 1977. She earned her doctorate in ethnomusicology at the University of Copenhagen in 1987. Jane Mink Rossen investigated the Bellonese musical repertoire because of the intriguing variety contained within a limited number of named musical genres. She succeeded in recording a large number of Bellonese songs and song-dances related to different social and ritual activities. She documented that poetic composition and sung poetry are the basis of the music in the Bellonese tradition. By presenting the data in the vernacular and in an English translation, she has made a great contribution to preserve a unique song and dance tradition from extinction. Dr. Rossen is the author of a two volume monograph, Songs of Bellona Island : na taungua o Mungiki (Copenhagen, 1987) as well as of many articles in scientific journals. Until 1992 she served as an Assistant professor and Research Fellow in Musicology at the University of Copenhagen.


Sofus Christiansen, (1930-2007), professor in Ecological Geography at the Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen. In 1956 he received the gold medal from the University of Copenhagen. He participated in 1962 in the Noona Dan expedition to New Guinea, Bismarck Islands and the Solomon Islands where he studied coastal morphology. His interest for Bellona Island began, when Dr. Torben Monberg asked him the challenging question: How do people survive on such an island. Sofus Christiansen visited Bellona Island several times, in 1964, 1965, 1969, 1979, 2006 and 2007. His primary area of study concentrated on the island subsistence economy, especially the land use system, agricultural practice and food gathering.  The outcome of his research was the doctoral dissertation, Subsistence on Bellona Island (Mungiki) that was defended in 1975 at the University of Copenhagen. It is regarded as a milestone within ecological geography. In 1988 Dr Christiansen received the Galathea medal for his unique research and as professor emeritus he participated in the Galathea 2 expedition, passing Solomon Islands.