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Germans in Tonga


James Bade

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.
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Foreword, by Lord Vaea



Ministry of Internal Affairs, Nuku’alofa

10 November 2013

I write this Foreword with great joy. I remember when Professor Bade started this genealogical research at the Palace Archives.

The 1876 German-Tongan Treaty of Friendship was an outstanding diplomatic achievement. Trade links flourished between Apia and Vava’u, allowing our copra international market and currency.

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