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Germans in Tonga

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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 Carl Sanft

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Foreword

The work, study and research by Professor James Bade into the German-Tongan connection in the nineteenth century is to be commended as it provides important information on a subject and topic little known to the public. Professor Bade’s book Germans in Tonga provides valuable information on the Germans that came to Tonga in the nineteenth century and their descendants, while also providing a background to the impact, struggles and challenges facing those who migrated from Germany to the Pacific Islands in the mid- to late nineteenth century. As a German Tongan descendant myself I am particularly interested in the early German presence during the era of the emergence of trade between the Pacific Islands and the European powers which laid the foundation for the Pacific as we know it today.

Carl Sanft

Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany

Nuku’alofa

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