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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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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

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