In 1908, Wilhelm Solf, then German Governor of Samoa, appointed Mr Reye as a secretary to the Governor, a position he held until 1914 and the outbreak of war. Earlier, he had been a planter and – for several years – joint manager of the DSG trading company.
Ernst Reye’s commercially prudent activities enabled him to finance the construction of a superb home at Moto’otua, shown in the photo. Apia settlers called most of this area by that name but much of the area today is called Tanugamanono.
Credit: Reye Family Collection.
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