Solomone Ula Ata
Solomone Ula Ata
|Prime Minister of Tonga|
20 July 1941 – 12 December 1949
|Monarch||Sālote Tupou III|
|Preceded by||Viliami Tungī Mailefihi|
|Succeeded by||Tāufaʻāhau Tungī|
|Born||16 May 1888
|Died||27 March 1950
|Religion||Free Wesleyan Church|
Ata was the son of Tevita Manú'opangai Ata (1864–1898) and Pauline Manutu'ufanga Niumeitolu and was a cousin of HM Queen Sālote Tupou III. He attended Newington College, Sydney (1896–1902), with six other Tongan nobles. On returning to Tonga he worked in government and was appointed to the Ata title on 12 November 1904. He held various ministerial portfolios in cabinet and was Minister for Lands from 1925 until 1941. In 1937 he revisited Australia to study banana growing in sub-tropical areas. In 1941 he was appointed as Prime Minister of Tonga when his friend from his schooldays at Newington, HRH Prince Viliami Tungī Mailefihi CBE, died. Ata thus became the second of four Old Newingtonian Tongan Prime ministers in a row as he was succeeded by HRH Crown Prince Tāufaʻāhau Tungi KBE and then by HRH Prince Fatafehi Tu'ipelehake CBE. Ata was made an honorary OBE in the New Years Honours List of 1947.
- Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
- Hon. Solomone Piutau Ulamoleka Ata Retrieved 22 December 2013.
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Sydney, 1999) pp203
- "TONGAN VISITORS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (National Library of Australia). 3 December 1937. p. 10. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- "Country News and Views.". The Farmer and Settler (NSW: National Library of Australia). 9 December 1937. p. 3. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- "NEW YEAR HONOURS LIST.". The Argus (Melbourne: National Library of Australia). 2 January 1947. p. 5. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
Viliami Tungī Mailefihi
|Prime Minister of Tonga
HRH Crown Prince