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The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums


The Germans in Samoa 7


Four interesting new people appear in this photo from the 1932 gathering, all on the right hand side. Apia lawyer and former German administration official, Mr Gustav Klinkmuller, who arrived in Samoa in 1906, holds his hat in his hands. On his right is Deputy NZ Administrator, Mr Alfred Turnbull, who succeeded to the top position in 1935. In the dark suit is Mr Manuel de Silva, of Portuguese-Samoan descent, who saved 16 German sailors during the hurricane of 1889 in which the Germany Navy lost two ships and 93 men in Apia Harbour. Their deaths were some of those commemorated on the German monument. Next to him in the dark hat and tie is Pastor Raimund Reye, Superintendent of the Seventh Day Adventist Mission, who gave the opening address at the ceremony. He was the Samoan-born son of Mr Ernst Friedrich Reye and Mrs Margaretta Reye (nee Betham). The 29-year-old Reye spoke in German at the German monument, in English at a second ceremony at the Anglo-American Monument, and in Samoan beside the Samoan graves nearby. His eloquence in all three languages β€œwon golden opinions from everybody,” according to a report in the Samoa Herald.

Credit: Klinkmuller Family Collection; restored by T.Brunt 2013.

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  1. Rebecca Siitia says:

    Awesome picture, finally get to see what my Great, Great Grandpa looks like πŸ™‚

  2. Tivoli Vaiotu says:

    Thank you for the wonderful work in compiling these photos. I’m very interested in researching the man in “the dark suit” Mr Manuel de Silva (or Emmanuele Silva). He is also my great-great-grandfather. Would you happen to have any sources or pointers that I could follow up on?

    Thanks kindly

    Tivoli Vaiotu

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