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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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I wish to thank the following for their invaluable assistance with this project: Lord Vaea, Minister for Internal Affairs, Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Carl Sanft, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nuku’alofa; Dr Michael McBryde, Wellington, New Zealand High Commissioner to Tonga 2005-2008; Stephen Innes, Special Collections, University of Auckland Library; Manako Vi, Chief Registrar, Supreme Court, Nuku’alofa; Dr James Braund, University of Auckland; Professor Reinhard Wendt, FernUniversität Hagen, Germany; Dr David Bade, Built Heritage Specialist, Auckland Council; University of Auckland Faculty of Arts Summer Scholarship recipients Tim McKenzie, who created a database from the Western Pacific Archives, and Amelia Funaki and Michelle Atkinson, who consulted records in Tonga and helped compile the biographies; students taking GERMAN 291 and 391 (German Connection with New Zealand and the Pacific, University of Auckland) who helped research this topic: Michael Porteous, Peter Akers, Peter Luk, Michael Budzowski, Sascha Daby; Guttenbeil descendant and family historian Tony Muller, Auckland; Fred Wolfgramm, Nuku’alofa, Tonga; Christine Liava’a, Tonga Research Association, Auckland; Dr Melenaite Taumoefolau, University of Auckland; Val Burr, Palmerston North; Julie Hoeft, Auckland; Ilse Junker, Hamburg; Bernard Leser, Sydney; Richard Guttenbeil, Tonga; Hilary Revfeim, Tauranga; Henning Bess, Germany; Kasia Cook, Auckland; Caroline Wolfgramm Irwin, Saguache, Colorado; James and Sheryl Mungall, Auckland; Ana Niumeitolu, Sydney; John Page, Auckland; Tim Page, Auckland; David Parr, Auckland; A. Schaaf; Guy Lister; Jenny Lorimer; Maralyn Sekona; John Sexton, Auckland; Levaitai Tuakimoana; Georgina Wolfgramm; Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington; Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney; Sir George...

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