Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930

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Date
1930
By
Gleeson, Francis Joseph, 1908-1993; Penrice, Marie, 1933-
Ref
PA1-o-795
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This is an interesting and important document in relation to the Mau, the Samoan nationalist movement against the New Zealand administration. It was compiled by a young police officer sent to Samoa as part of a larger contingent, to put down the Mau. They arrived in Samoa in very early 1930, soon after the police shootings of Mau demonstrators which had resulted in the death of the Mau leader, Chief Tupua Tamasese Lealofi 111. As well as the police, the New Zealand Government had sent the warship Dunedin and armed marines. The marines and the police searched villages and arrested Mau members, many of whom had gone underground or into hiding. The open political activities of the Mau were continued by the women's wing of the movement. To keep the economy of Samoa going as a result of a lack of labour for the plantations, the authorities brought in indentured chinese labour. All of this is reflected in the album.

As well as official and commercial photographs, about two thirds of the images were taken by Gleeson himself. These give a somewhat "behind the scenes" view of the situation. They show the photographer Tattersall at work in the midst of a Fono, many informal photos of Mau members and their leaders, armed marines arresting Mau, rounding them up and stripping them of the Mau insignia - a white stripe worn on the lava lava. There are also social events like Samoan football games and Gleeson and his friends with their Samoan hosts who billeted them on their rounds. The arrival and processing of the Chinese labourers is covered in detail. There are a number of formal photographs of The Mau and Tamasese lying in state as well as scenic and other Samoan views.

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Date: [Before 1930] From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 By: Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951 Ref: PA1-o-795-01 Description: The Government School in Apia, photographed before 1930 by Alfred Tattersall. Inscriptions: Album page - beneath image - Govt. School "Malifa" Apia Quantit...
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-1 Description: Quantity: 1 b&w original photographic print(s).
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-2
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-6
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-3
From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-4 Description: Left to right: Mrs Woodward, Vic Woodward and his girl, Donnelly, Fell, Sonny McGlynn, J Stewart, P Mackrell, J Pointon.
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-32-5
Conference of Samoan chiefs at Vaimoso
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 Ref: PA1-o-795-14-5 Description: Hon John Cobbe and Colonel Stephen Allen, Administrator of Western Samoa, hold conference with chiefs at Vaimoso. Photographed by an unknown photographer in...
Fale o Leoleo, Police station, Apia
Date: Ca 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 By: Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951 Ref: PA1-o-795-44 Description: Police station at Apia, Western Samoa, photographed ca 1930 by Alfred James Tattersall. Inscriptions: Album page - beneath image - Fale o Leo Leo, police st...
View of Apia waterfront
Date: 1930 From: Gleeson, Francis Joseph 1908-1993 :Album of photographs of the Mau uprising, Western Samoa, 1930 By: Tattersall, Alfred James, 1866-1951 Ref: PA1-o-795-09 Description: View of the Apia waterfront showing the place where Constable Abraham was killed during a Mau confrontation with the New Zealand authorities. Photographed b...