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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 34

There is not much photography from old Savai’i. Most of it deals with the volcanic eruptions of the early 1900’s (about which Von Bulow wrote).

An oft photographed natural feature was the large lagoon at Safune. It no longer exists and was probably situated at what is now the large area of swampy, low-lying land that sits behind Avao, at the western end of Safune.

Credit: McKay Family Collection.

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  1. Donald Mee says:

    The photographer for this shot would also be Tattersall. The exact view is on one of his ‘real photo” postcards with the inscription “A.J.T. Apia 89”. My card was postmarked in 1924.

  2. Mark Murphy says:

    very excellent website. My wife, from Fagamalo, has a German ancestor who was there in late 1800s, early 1900s. Don’t know for sure who he was, but Von Bulow is an excellent candidate for an illegitimate ancestor.

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