1914: Samoa surrenders

Hoisting the Union Jack at the Apia Court House in Samoa, 30 August 1914

Hoisting the Union Jack at the Apia Court House in Samoa, 30 August 1914. Photo: Te Papa

Taranaki Daily News, 1 September 1914, p 5


Extraordinary (Press Association). London, August 30.

It is officially announced from Apia that German Samoa has surrendered to the British.

Wellington, August 31.

His Excellency the Governor received information this morning that Apia had surrendered to the Royal Navy at l0 a.m. on August 29 (western time), and that the New Zealand expeditionary force landed unopposed in the afternoon.

The Defence Minister says the Imperial message, on which the advance New Zealand force was sent, was regarded as of considerable importance, especially because of the wireless installation on the island being of considerable value. The Minister expressed gratitude to the Press for keeping matters secret in the interests of the Empire.

Mr. Allen said that there were more than enough men for another contingent. It would be the country’s duty to keep the expeditionary force up to the standard.

Ashburton Guardian, 1 September 1914, p 5


“It must be very satisfactory to the whole of the people of New Zealand,” said the Prime Minister this evening, “that we have been able to take possession of the island with so very little trouble. Apart altogether from the area, which, is approximately 1000 square miles, and the fertility of the islands, Samoa is of very great strategical importance to both New Zealand and Australia. There is already a very powerful wireless station some distance inland from Apia, probably the most powerful in the Pacific, and we have reason to believe that it is still intact. Though we have secured it much more easily than we expected we have to hold Samoa.” Mr Massey added, “a strong force will be required to garrison the island for some considerable time to come.”