Monday 13 June 2016

Archives New Zealand releases Samoan village files

Archives New Zealand has released files online concerning the occupation of Samoa in he name of Britain from 1914. Here's the blurb:

Samoan village files from our British Military Occupation holdings have been digitised and are now available online via our finding aid Archway. This series is comprised of local official's inwards correspondence under the British Military Occupation of Samoa.

From 1914 to 1920 Samoa was under British military occupation. This agency was created by Archives New Zealand to describe the various records it holds that relate to this period in Samoa's history. In 1914 New Zealand troops occupied German Samoa in the name of Britain. After World War I the League of Nations made New Zealand responsible for its administration, a situation which continued until Western Samoa's national independence in 1962.

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