Bridging the Pacific: Ta'isi O.F. Nelson, Australia and the Samoan Mau

Patricia O'Brien

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    Illuminating unexplored dimensions of the Samoan interwar nationalist movement known as the Mau, this article tells the story of Australians who impacted the history of Indigenous protest in the League of Nations Mandated Territory of Western Samoa ruled by New Zealand. This is a story that bridges Pacific, colonial and indigenous worlds with the Samoan nationalist leader, Ta'isi O.F. Nelson, located at its epicentre. As well as shedding light on the roles played by Australians in the fraught politics of the 1920s and 1930s, it also establishes unknown or forgotten connections between Australia and the Polynesian Pacific, and of Samoans in Australia at this time
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)13-31pp
    JournalHistory Australia
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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