Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III

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Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III
Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in front of the octagonal Mau office in Vaimoso village, near Apia, 1929. (Photograph by Alfred John Tattersall)

Tupua Tamasese Lealofi-o-a'ana III (4 May 1901 – 29 December 1929) was a high chief of Samoa who was a leader of the country's pro-independent Mau movement during the early 1900s.[1] He was fatally shot by New Zealand police during a Mau procession on 28 December 1929 in Apia which turned violent, in what became known as Black Saturday.[2]

Mau carrying the coffin of Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III. Standing to the right wearing a single white stripe on his lava-lava, the Mau uniform, is Mata'afa Faumuina Fiame Mulinu'u I, who later became the President of the Mau.

His tomb, constructed of black stones in a tier is situated in Lepea village beside the main road and 5 minutes from Apia.

His eldest son was Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV (1922-1983), who served two terms as Samoa's prime minister.[3]

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  1. ^ [1] Guardians of the West by Albert Wendt.Retrieved 21 February 2009
  2. ^ "New Zealand in Samoa". New Zealand History Online. Retrieved 21 February 2009. 
  3. ^ Fortune, Kate (2000). "Tupua Tamasese Lealofi IV". In Brij V. Lal. The Pacific Islands : an encyclopedia ([Repr.]. ed.). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. pp. 286–287. ISBN 082482265X. 

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