Story: Pacific Islands and New Zealand

New Zealand policemen in Samoa, 1930

Part of New Zealand's response to the Mau (Samoan independence movement) uprising was to send police to Western Samoa in 1930. One of them, Francis Gleeson, was an enthusiastic photographer. He put together an album of carefully captioned pictures. The page shown here includes landscapes, a group of swimmers (probably members of the police force, including Gleeson), and adherents of the Mau as prisoners and making kava with New Zealand police.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, F. J. Gleeson Collection
Reference: PA1-o-795-21
Photographs by Francis Joseph Gleeson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Jon Fraenkel, 'Pacific Islands and New Zealand - Samoa', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 May 2022)

Story by Jon Fraenkel, published 20 Jun 2012