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List of colonial governors of Samoa

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This article lists the colonial governors of Samoa or Western Samoa, from the establishment of German Samoa in 1900 until the independence of the Western Samoa Trust Territory in 1962

Contents

  • 1 List
  • 2 See also
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

List

Dates in italics indicate de facto continuation of office

Tenure Portrait Incumbent Notes
In 1900, according to the Tripartite Convention and following the Second Samoan Civil War, the Samoan Islands were annexed by the German Empire, except for the part that is to become American Samoa[1]
Wilhelm II, the German Emperor, is styled "Tupu Sili o Samoa" "Paramount King of Samoa"
Governors of German Samoa 1900–1914
1 March 1900 to 19 December 1911 Wilhelm Heinrich Solf Afterwards served as the Secretary of State in the Reichskolonialamt, from 1911 to 1918
19 December 1911 to 29 August 1914 Erich Schultz-Ewerth Acting to 19 June 1912
In 1914, as part of the Asian and Pacific theatre of World War I, an expeditionary force from the Dominion of New Zealand called the Samoa Expeditionary Force SEF captured and occupied the territory In 1920, the territory was turned into a League of Nations mandate, administered by New Zealand In 1946, the mandate was reformed as a United Nations trust territory and continued to be administered by New Zealand
Administrators of Western Samoa 1914–1948
29 August 1914 to 28 January 1919 Colonel Robert Logan
28 January 1919 to 16 March 1923 Colonel Robert Ward Tate
16 March 1923 to 8 April 1928 George Spafford Richardson From 3 June 1925, Sir George Spafford Richardson
5 May 1928 to 3 April 1931 Stephen Shepherd Allen
18 April 1931 to 1935 Herbert Ernest Hart
25 July 1935 to 1946 Alfred Clarke Turnbull From 1942, Sir Alfred Clarke Turnbull; acting to 1943
1946 to 10 March 1948 Francis William Voelcker
High Commissioners of Western Samoa 1948–1961
10 March 1948 to 1949 Francis William Voelcker
March 1949 to February 1960 Guy Richardson Powles
February 1960 to 31 December 1961 John Bird Wright Acting to June 1960

On 1 January 1962, Western Samoa achieved independence following the passage of the 1961 referendum For a list of heads of state after independence, see O le Ao o le Malo

See also

  • Samoa
    • Politics of Samoa
    • O le Ao o le Malo
    • Prime Minister of Samoa
  • Lists of Incumbents
  • New Zealand–Samoa relations

References

  1. ^ Ryden, The Foreign Policy of the United States in Relation to Samoa, p 574; Great Britain vacated all claims to Samoa and accepted as quid pro quo termination of German rights in Tonga and certain areas in the Solomon Islands and in West Africa

External links

  • Rulersorg: Samoa
  • World Statesmenorg: Samoa

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