Kōrero: Citizenship

‘Enemy aliens’ on Somes Island

‘Enemy aliens’ on Somes Island

During the Second World War, because of concerns they might subvert the war effort, people of German, Italian and Japanese descent or nationality were interned on Somes Island in Wellington Harbour. More than 20 of the internees were naturalised British subjects who had been in effect stripped of their citizenship rights. The conditions of internment were not harsh and some of the internees were able to earn pocket money by making small objects for sale. The man in this photograph is working with pāua shell.

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Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand
Reference: W. Wynne Mason, Prisoners of war. Wellington: War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, 1954, plate facing p. 339.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

David Green, 'Citizenship - 1840–1948: British subjects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/945/enemy-aliens-on-somes-island (accessed 6 December 2019)

He kōrero nā David Green, i tāngia i te 8 Feb 2005