Raising the Union Jack in Apia
Historian J.W. Davidson described New Zealand rule over Samoa as a ‘ramshackle administration’. German officials were replaced by New Zealand military officers, civilians, or British residents. These often lacked the experience or qualifications to do the job.
As military administrator, Robert Logan governed a population of around 38,000 Samoans and 1500 Europeans (including part-Europeans and about 500 Germans).
war broke out in Europe in August 1914, Britain
asked New Zealand
to seize German Samoa as a ‘great and urgent Imperial service’. Although the tiny German garrison offered no opposition, at the time
it was regarded as a potentially risky action.
Royal Navy officers arrive at Apia, Samoa, 29 August 1914, with the demand for German surrender.
The personnel pictured were from HMS Psyche, one of the three 'P' Class cruisers of the Royal Navy's New Zealand Station that helped make up the naval escort for the expedition to German Samoa.
Alexander Turnbull Library,
Reference No: PAColl-3752, 1/1-002929-G
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