Germans in Tonga

by James N. Bade (Author)
©2014 Edited Collection XII, 142 Pages
Series: Germanica Pacifica, Volume 13


Germans in Tonga is the culmination of an eight-year research project in which the author and his team of researchers gathered biographical material on Germans in Tonga. There are four main sources: the British Consul Tonga files, held in the Western Pacific Archives of the University of Auckland Library Special Collections; the Defence Department Enemy Aliens files and Aliens Records held at Archives New Zealand in Wellington; the Archives of the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) in Berlin; and the Ministry of Justice Archives in Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The volume contains short biographies of over 350 Germans in Tonga born over a 110-year period between 1822 and 1932 and features an introduction by the author on the historical background to the German connection with Tonga.

Table Of Contents


Figure 1:J. K. Shirwin, The Landing at Middleburgh

Figure 2:John Webber, Boats of the Friendly Islands

Figure 3:Vava’u scene, Tonga, c. 1890

Figure 4:Neiafu Harbour, Vava’u, Tonga, c. 1890

Figure 5:Dockyard at Neiafu Harbour, Vava’u

Figure 6:European Cemetery, Neiafu

Figure 7:Ha’apai European Cemetery

Figure 8:Postcard of Pyritz in the nineteenth century

Figure 9:St Mauritius Roman Catholic Church in present-day Pyrzyce

Figure 10:Coconut Palms, Tongatapu

Figure 11:Vava’u Club, Neiafu

Figure 12:View from Vava’u Club

Figure 13:Original Royal Palace, Nuku’alofa

Figure 14:The Royal Palace as it looks today

Figure 15:Consular House

Figure 16:Brähne Family, Tonga, c. 1920

Figure 17:Workers at Brähne Plantation, Niumate, Tonga

Figure 18:Paula David with her brother Max and sister Sophie

Figure 19:Hermann Richard (‘Jim’) Guttenbeil and his son Albert, 1951

Figure 20:Hans Jorgen Hansen and his children, c. 1927

Figure 21:Florence Ruby Riechelmann, 1924

Figure 22:George Albert August Riechelmann, 1923

Figure 23:Riechelmann store, Nuku’alofa, c. 1920

Figure 24:Sanft family, c. 1911

Figure 25:Ludwig Adam Schober, 1923

Figure 26:Heinrich Wilhelm Alfred Schultz and family, 1910

Figure 27:Alma Wolfgramm with her god-daughter Ilse Wender

Figure 28:Olga Wolfgramm, 1932

Figure 29:Edith Maria Zuckschwerdt, 1929

Figure 30:Karl Hermann Ernst Zuckschwerdt, 1929 ← xii | 1 →

The Historical Background to the German Connection with Tonga

James N. Bade


XII, 142
ISBN (Hardcover)
Publication date
2014 (February)
South Pacific Biografien Ausländer Enemy Aliens German Diaspora
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2014. XII, 142 pp., 30 b/w fig.

Biographical notes

James N. Bade (Author)

James N. Bade, Director of the University of Auckland Research Centre for Germanic Connections with New Zealand and the Pacific, is Professor of German and Head of European Languages and Literatures at the University of Auckland (New Zealand).


Title: Germans in Tonga