At the Tuvao plantation that they leased, the Stunzners grew cocoa, copra and later bananas. Life was hard and the hours were long. Cocoa bean processing, especially, was an arduous process that involved the opening of pods, the fermenting of the beans for three or four days, before washing and sun-drying supplemented by kiln-drying at night fuelled by firewood. The all-night shift could last for up to three nights.
This excellent photo, taken by an unknown photographer, captures the flavour of a hard working family. Fritz Stunzner Snr’s eyes were such a pale blue that sometimes the pupils failed to register in photos.
Credit: Stunzner Family Collection.
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