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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 26

The four Betham daughters, Katherina, Margaretta, Mary Ellen and Mathilda were the toast of Apia colonial society around the turn of the century. It was therefore no surprise that they were all snapped up by single German men – Kurt Hufnagel, Ernst Friedrich Reye, Fritz Stunzner, and Ernst von Heydebrand. The four daughters (and six sons) were the children of Englishman, Captain Montgomery Betham, and Portugese-Samoan beauty, Miss Anna Betham (nee de Silva).

This photo shows two of the girls in their married years, Margaretta, at back on right, and Katherina Hufnagel, at front left, with their aunty Louisa Kronfeld (nee Silveira/de Silva) and their cousin Jennifer Kronfeld.

Credit: Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries. 31-58136.

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