To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


eBook Cover


“To Walk Under Palm Trees” is now available as an eBook. It can be downloaded free of charge by clicking on the link here (Note – for best results it may need to be downloaded using Google Chrome as your browser): Palm_Trees_Ebook

The eBook is a 250-page PDF designed in A4 landscape format. It is a large digital file (52MB) so will take some minutes to download.

At some point in the future this exhibition website is likely to close; the eBook will allow those who are interested to have it as a permanent digital resource. It incudes most of this exhibition, with the addition of new images and commentary, including a new chapter on the life and work of Samoa’s pre-eminent colonial era photographer, Alfred J. Tattersall.

(The last two chapters of the online exhibition, which deal with Gustav Klinkmüller’s photography and the small German planters of Samoa, have not been included in the eBook, due to size constraints. These chapters will be included in a second eBook to be published later, which will focus extensively on the German plantations of colonial Samoa.)

Note: The eBook is now available as a high quality, published book, put out by the Samoa Historical & Cultural Trust, in Apia. Copies can be ordered through the SSAB retail chain. Email Jody Toleafoa, of SSAB, Auckland, who can advise cost & postage. Email:

Advice for navigating this website: To go to the next image click on the title or number at below left e.g. “Contents”; this will take you through to the next image. The lower left title or number is always the next click-through; the number at right is the previous image. To see all the images in this exhibition as small ‘thumbnails’ on one screen click on the title at the top of the page in white, “To Walk Under Palm Trees.”


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  1. Robina Dean says:

    Fantastic resource.

  2. Peter Meredith Snr. says:

    Gail and I are looking at your website and will download it tonight, malo great work.
    God Bless you all.

  3. Pua Keil says:

    Thank you for this and also a big thank you to Fi for without her support you would have not been able to do all this and I am sure much, much more in the future. Mum would have been very proud of you for your love of Samoan history.

    Very proud to call you my first cousin

  4. Ben Timothy says:

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic research and history with us.

  5. James Winegar says:

    What a fantastic collection of photos – most of them never seen before. A BIG MALO LAVA for the effort to preserve this important part of Samoan history.

  6. Thank you so much for publishing this highly interesting and amazing material!

  7. Katesa Wesche says:

    Absolutely amazing and brilliant !!

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