To Walk Under Palm Trees

The Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums

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The Germans in Samoa - Final Title and Graphic

Falemata’aga – the Museum of Samoa, is very pleased to stage this on-line photo exhibition.

To Walk Under Palm TreesThe Germans in Samoa: Snapshots from Albums, Part 1 is a new concept in a curated exhibition by an archival institution. Put together by Auckland writer and researcher Tony Brunt and existing only as a digital presentation, it offers historic photos on-line to the widest possible audience.

Advice for navigating this website: To go to the next image click on the title or number at below left e.g. “Photo Credits”; 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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32 Comments

  1. Ken Redmond says:

    Looking forward to seeing the exhibitio

  2. Phillippa Stunzner Flockhart says:

    This was a wonderful reminder of the history of my Opa and his family.

  3. Frances Moore (nee Fruean-Philipp) says:

    What a touching presentation. Am so glad that someone has finally opened up the History of the Germans in Samoa. Growing up in Samoa, I came to know all the Samoan-German family connections and in my twilight years I still think of the many family parties I attended as a young child. In the photos, I recall many family relatives such as the Bethams, Gebauers-Axmanns, etc. and I look forward to Part 2 coming soon. I congratulate and thank those involved in putting this wonderful Pathway down Memory Lane. Fa’afetai tele.

  4. Inga Stunzner says:

    What a fantastic exhibition – and an extraordinary amount of work that has gone into putting this together. Thank you.

  5. Great exhibition, well done to all involved

  6. Alice Betham Tousoon says:

    My great grandfather was Montgomery Betham, my grandfather was James Jack Manuel Betham and my father was Michael Hilary Betham. I am very anxious and interested to look at photos of my Betham Family. My great grandmother’s name was Katerina

    • Warren Reye says:

      Dear Alice, I am a distant relative, living in Perth Western Australia and am trying to find a link to the more traditional Samoan side of the family. I am a decedent of Margaretta and Ernst Reye. I have a Great Grandchild who is now slightly over 50% Samoan, (our side being the slightly over) and I would love to link them back to their heritage which appears to be a link they cannot find through other means. Please, anything will be greatly appreciated. Your distant “something” Warren Ernest REYE

    • Dellar says:

      Your great grandmother is the cousin of my great great grandmother Janette Senia Silva

  7. Geoff Siave says:

    Fantastic work. Well done and thank you.

  8. Pauline Winter says:

    Well done! This is fantastic, well done

  9. Aloese Lefono says:

    Thanks for showing these pictures and looking forward to seeing the exhibition.

  10. Gwen Betham Sagapolutele says:

    I love this!

  11. Brother John Hazelman says:

    Thanks for this great initiative. Both photos and caption provide a wonderful history of what it was back then as well as learning and understanding the background of some present household names.
    I visited Germany this year and many of our German Brothers held strong interest in Samoa … especially since some of the great historians of both the Samoan language and history were German Marist Brothers who made Samoa their beloved home.

  12. Burkhard Töbelmann says:

    I got aware of this site through the Fiji Museum FB site. Very interesting. Actually, the father of my boss (a Export company from Bremen I worked for when I came in to the Pacific) had a shop in Samoa (before WW I) , a certain Mr. Docke. I rememeber a photo hanging in his office …
    there is an interesting site on Samoa history on this web site too:http://www.deutsche-schutzgebiete.de/deutsche-kolonien.htm
    You have to roll down on the menu on the left to see the Samoa file appear.

  13. Diane Raabe says:

    Many thanks for the lovely old photos – I was looking for my grandfather Theodor Ruland, my Grandma Alica Gurau or my great-grandfather Emil Huch but I did not recognise them in any of the photos.

  14. Terrence Betham says:

    Congratulations Tony. I think I met you when I came to visit Aunt Adele Meredith but was not aware of your capacity for hard work and your talents as a journalist.

  15. Melania Hoffman says:

    I just want to thank you Tony for a great exhibition. My siblings and I have finally been able to put a face to a name I have been looking for for a long time. I found his last name whilst looking through private Schultz’s diary at the Wellington archives. I asked for a list of the Germans that were sent to NZ when NZ took over Samoa but because of the privacy act I wasn’t allowed. 20 years later you have found our grandfather for us. Thank you so much.

  16. Georgina Bonin says:

    Congratulations! Such a nostalgiac title and really enjoyed the history behind each of the photos. My German roots come from the Thomsen line (not featured) in this first series so I hope you found photos and history for Part 2. My Mum’s Betham roots are strongly depicted. Malo lava.

  17. Karen Beazley (nee Mckay) says:

    Thank you. So very proud to say I am “Mac” Mckay’s grand-daughter. I made a “pilgrimage” to Samoa in 2009 – to stand on the land of my father and grand-father. This exhibit is a heart warming tribute.

  18. Annabelle Baulcomb Nee Hoeflich. says:

    My Father’S Name was Leonard Paul Hoeflich, he had a brother Albert Hoeflich and they had a half sister Liebling Hoeflich

    • GEORGE RICKABAUGH says:

      I LIVE IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA.. AND HAVE GOOD FRIENDS
      ..HOEFLICH… WHO KNOW THAT THEY HAD RELATIVES IN SAMOA..
      BUT SCANT DETAILS..INTERESTINGLY, I MYSELF LIVED IN
      AMERICAN SAMOA IN THE 1970S..AND KNEW SOME OF THE GERMAN
      FAMLIES LIKE THE SHAFFHAUSENS.. BUT NO HOEFLICH..
      I MAY BE DOWN THERE AGAIN THIS YEAR…AND HOPE TO BE ABLE
      TO DIG UP MORE INFO FOR MY FRIENDS..

      ANY DETAILS YOU HAVE ON HOW ANY OF THEM GOT TO SAMOA,
      AND WHERE THEY ARE NOW.. WOULD BE INTERESTING..ESPECIALLY FROM WHERE IN GERMANY THEY CAME.. POSSIBLY ESSEN…?

      THANKS, AND LOOK FORWARD TO YEARING FROM YOU
      GEORGE RICKABAUGH
      444 EVESHAM PLACE
      LONGWOOD, FLORIDA
      32779

      • Amanda Reed says:

        Talofa! May I ask please if you knew of a German man that was teaching in Manu’a around 1967? I eagerly await your response.
        Faafetai tele.

    • Jordan Bentley says:

      Hi there, I know this is a bit old but I was just doing a bit of digging on my family tree. Leibling was my great aunty, I am from her father’s family, her half brother Oscar was my grandpa. If you have any more information on the Hoefilchs I’d love to hear it. THanks!

  19. Roland Seib says:

    Excellent photos. Congratulations. I’ve placed a link on my website roland-seib.eu.

  20. Hallo,
    auch wir in Deutschland haben diese sehr schöne Bildersammlung entdeckt.
    Ich bin der Enkel von Ilse Katharine Bietzker.
    Meine Großmutter wurde am 29.03.1902 als Ilse Stünzner auf Samoa geboren und lebte dort bis 1912.

  21. Bernhard Berking says:

    Thank you for sharing the History for us, we are very grateful for the pictures of RUDOLF BERKING, with credit from KLAUS BERKING.We can only share the many memories by treasuring of what is left with us, and one of the most valuable treasure we have, is the photo of Bernhards great grandfather “RUDOLF BERNHARD BERKING”

  22. Hallo,
    auch wir in Deutschland haben diese sehr schöne Bildersammlung entdeckt.
    Ich bin der Enkel von Ilse Katharine Bietzker.
    Meine Großmutter wurde am 29.03.1902 als Ilse Stünzner auf Samoa geboren und lebte dort bis 1912.

    Hello,
    we in Germany have discovered this very nice photo collection.
    I am the grandson of Ilse Katharine Bietzker.
    My grandmother was born on 29.03.1902 as Ilse Stünzner in Samoa and lived there until the 1912th

  23. Keith Leonard says:

    Congratulations on your site.

    Paul Leonard Hoeflich was my great uncle one of his brothers being Emil Paul Oscar Hoflick ( the English spelling) who was my Father’s Father, John Leonard who is still alive, he will be 100 years young on 17th February 2015. He dropped his surname by deed poll in 1942 as living in London after the second world war with a German name was sometimes uncomfortable. Leonard is an English spelling from Leonhardt the surname of one of my ancestors from the Sonnenberg area, now Solnsk I believe, near Berlin.

  24. JOANNE BROWN (NEE BRUNT) says:

    Hi Tony. Thank you for some information on my Samoan Brunt ancestors and especially the picture of Theodore Brunt’s house with his wife Freida. I am related to Theodore Weber Brunt (Charles Mellor Brunt was my 4th Cousin 6 times removed – I am from English side and reside in Australia).
    Thanks for interesting reading.

  25. uperesa says:

    there was a story that my great grandmothers father was german last name fraser could be difference spelling.

  26. Katesa Wesche says:

    Amazing work ! Thank you Tony !

  27. Judy (nee Alley) says:

    Your ancestors would be so proud, Tony, and we are all so grateful. Thank you. For other readers, I am the eldest grandchild of Herbert Weber (Bertie) Brunt who brought up his family in Paeroa, NZ.

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