The Wayback Machine -


Part I


The following are part of a rare collection of World War II images of Nanumea, Tuvalu. What makes these forty-four photographs so interesting and valuable is that the names of the Tuvaluan people have been inserted on the back of each photograph. The full collection of photographs was rescued by a concerned United States citizen who kindly made them available to be shared and enjoyed by everybody. Further parts of the collection will be made available on this Web site shortly.


Nanumea ladies in traditional costumes
photographed 2nd December, 1943, Lakena, Nanumea.

Front row, left to right: Joshua, Teala, Mafoa, Lisepa, Mativa, Pinoka.
Back row, left to right: Mafalu, Tufue, Kaosila, Lisa.
26th October, 1943.

Lt. (j.g.) Stafseth in duck with local children,
Lakena, Nanumea.

Local girls, Lakena, Nanumea:
Standing left to right: Tiao and Tufaina.
Sitting: Iulia (sister to Kaosila).

An aerial photograph of Lakena village
 taken 29th November, 1943.

 Saupo Malesa and family at Lakena, Nanumea.
Adults, left to right: Tevai (young); Agoago, Saupo and Tekaile.

Kaosila, Lakena, Nanumea, 15th Oct. 1943.

Father and son photographed 14th October, 1943.

Children on beach bidding 'Tofa' (Goodbye)
to Medical Party, Lakena, Nanumea.

Tuvalu: World War II Images of Nanumea Part 2
Tuvalu Postcards and Picture Galleries
Tuvalu Home Page
Nanumea, Tuvalu
Nanumea: Mythology
Nanumea: Genealogy

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