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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Caroline Berking, shown in the middle at left, suffered from persistent ill health during her husband’s absence in New Zealand. Maintaining the family’s 140-acre plantation at Letogo was a struggle. Eleven Chinese workers were employed on the property but there was no money for an overseer – Caroline had to fulfill that role herself.

She was also alone with no children to lend a hand. A daughter Ernestine had died some years before. Her two surviving children, daughter Elisabeth ‘Lissy’ (born 1902) and son Rudolf  (born 1903) were both at school in Germany.  

This photo shows Caroline with a young man who may be her half brother Augustino, whom she adopted, and a niece. 

CORRECTION, @27/07/2017: It has now been established that the identities of the people in this photo have been misstated. The woman is Josephine Nelson David, her brother August Nelson Junior and younger sister Lucy Nelson (m. Kruse). The original caption information received from the donors has proven incorrect and we are now happy to correct the identification.    

Credit: Tony Brunt Collection.

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