To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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Mr and Mrs Klinkmuller knew they had definitely ‘arrived’ in Apia society in 1909 when the invitation above came in from German Governor Solf and Mrs Solf. This card was retained among the Klinkmuller family souvenirs.

The invitation was written in old and formal German (by today’s standards) and can be translated as follows:  “Mr and Mrs Solf invite Mr and Mrs Klinkmuller to take part in musical recitals to be held on the last Saturday in every month. The first performance will be held on Saturday, July 24th. Vailima. [Attendance] please half to nine.”

Credit: Klinkmuller Family Collection, translation 2013 with the assistance of Klaus Berking.

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