Digitised Samoan village files available online

June 9, 2016

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.

In order to access the records, you’ll need to do the following using our finding aid Archway.

  1. Go to the Advanced Search - Records page. Type in Samoa-BMO1 in the former Arch Ref Box and click search
  2. When the results appear, click on ‘record online available’ for the file that is of interest – a new page will appear under the tab ‘record online’
  3. Click on the coloured link which will have the name of the particular village
  4. Start viewing the file!

For further queries please email Research.Archives@dia.govt.nz.