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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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In December 1889, Hufnagel, then aged 42, married Katherina Anna Betham, aged 18, the eldest of 10 children born in Samoa to Englishman Montgomery Betham and Portuguese-Samoan, Miss Anna de Silva. The new Mrs Hufnagel (pictured above) reportedly had maturity and poise beyond her years, as well as great beauty. She brought a warm and friendly manner to the role of mistress of Vailele, qualities well suited to the requirements of a plantation which, together with the DH & PG Vaitele property, was popular as a weekend picnic ground for Apia’s settler community.

Credit:  Hufnagel-Betham Family Collection.

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