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Raising the Union Jack in Apia


Officers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Royal Navy, Royal Australian Navy and the French Navy raise the Union Jack at Apia courthouse, German Samoa, on 30 August 1914, the morning after the occupation.

The new Administrator of Samoa, Colonel Robert Logan, records that 'at 8.a.m, the British flag was formally hoisted on the Government Buildings in the presence of the officers of the New Zealand Division Royal Navy troops, and the leading Native chiefs.' He then read out a Proclamation laying out the terms of occupation.


Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-019626-F
Photographer: Alfred John Tattersall
Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image

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