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Teo Tuvale

Deceased Person

Teo Tuvale (26 August 1855 – December 1919) was a significant Samoan historian who served terms as Chief Justice and Secretary to Government in Samoa during the era of colonialism. Tuvale is the author of An account of Samoan History up to 1918, a key historical text in Samoan history which includes first hand accounts of the rivalry between European colonial powers and Samoan chiefly families. He was also an official translator and spoke English, German and some Fijian. Tuvale was born in Faleasiu village on the north coast of Upolu island. His father was Vaaelua Petaia (1822–1881), one of the first Samoan Christian converts to the London Missionary Society and the first pastor of Faleasiu. Following in his father's footsteps, Tuvale attended the seminary at Malua village in 1875. The Malua Theological College had been established in 1848. He taught at the Malua training school in 1877. An older brother with the family's matai chief title of Le Mamea was a Samoan official in the government and helped him to get work in the administration. In 1878, he was appointed assistant secretary to the official indigenous Samoa government based at the village of Mulinu'u. He held successive  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1855-08-26
Place of birth
Faleasiu

Death

Date of death
1919-12

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