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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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In 1911 an impressive farewell card did the rounds in Apia as Captain Kurt Hufnagel prepared for retirement after 30 years managing the Vailele Plantation. His thoughtful employers, the DH & PG, went to great lengths to ensure that the memento fitted the occasion – it had a red embossed leather cover, was written in illuminated script, and bore the signatures of 126 settler notables, including that of the German Governor.

Kurt Hufnagel carved out an unparalleled role in Samoan agriculture and it is fitting that his farewell card has been preserved with pride through 100 years of Hufnagel family ownership.

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