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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


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It was difficult to get local people to work on plantations on a full-time basis, so many plantation owners employed Chinese labourers. Stunzner could be a strict boss and disciplinarian but his family treated their Chinese labourers with a humane touch, sharing Christmas Day with them and exchanging presents in a single festive get-together.

It was a sign of Fritz Stunzner’s inclusiveness that he called his workers together to be included in this fine photograph. His main plantation supervisor, “Podsin” (Po Ching) is the man standing in the middle.

Credit: Stunzner Family Collection.

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