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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 48

This appears to be the last photo of Etesa Malietoa Axmann (wearing polka dot dress) taken not long before her passing in 1926. Daughter Emma is sitting to the right, with Hugo at the back.

In this photo the oldest Gebauer daughter, Hedwig (on left in front row), sits below her husband, Max Grapengiesser, a German from Mecklenburg who arrived in Samoa in 1906. Others in the photo are (left to right) at back Etesa Gebauer, Hugo Gebauer Jnr, Minna Gebauer, Hugo Gebauer Snr, Richard Gebauer, Rudy Gebauer, (front row) Carl Grapengiesser,  Hedwig, Richard Grapengiesser, Etesa, Emma, Max Grapengiesser Jnr , Linda Gebauer (Rudy’s daughter), Rudy’s wife Mrs Acey Gebauer (nee Tatnell), and son Ernst Gebauer. Emma and Hugo’s oldest son Robert, who would have been in his late 30s, is absent, possibly in Germany.

Credit: Spemann Family Collection.

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