Bringing some Rugby History Home

The New Zealand High Commissioner Jackie Frizelle and the SRU Interim Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i with the historic photograph

APIA, SAMOA: TUESDAY 21 JULY 2015: After history was made on the rugby field last week, an important historic photo was gifted to the Samoan Rugby Union this week. A New Zealand family has uncovered among the effects of their grandfather an important record of Samoa rugby history. They asked that this be returned to Samoa.

New Zealand High Commissioner, Jackie Frizelle, on behalf of Quin family representatives in New Zealand, presented to the Samoan Rugby Union an original photograph of the 1929 Apia Rugby Union Management Committee, at a small gathering at the New Zealand High Commission.

Jackie Frizelle was pleased to be able to present the gift from the family of Charles EH Quin, noting that “Mr Quin, who lived in Samoa for at least 13 years, coached the Marist Brothers rugby team in the 1920’s, and by interesting coincidence the Samoan cricket bat on display at the Museum of Samoa is one signed by Mr Quin’s team.” The photo includes names of some notable local families including Moors, Kronfeld and Johnson.

“Mr Quin accompanied the Western Samoan Rugby team to games with American Samoa in 1929, where the team won the series 2 games to 1. He and the Apia Rugby Union Management Committee would have been proud of the recent result of the Manu Samoa match against the American Eagles.”

The Samoa Rugby Union have kindly agreed to loan the photograph to the Samoa Museum to be included in an exhibition “Entangled Islands” to be opened on 3 August.

“It is a further and happy coincidence that the Entangled Islands exhibition is opening so soon after the arrival and presentation of this gift, as the subject of the exhibition is Samoa’s involvement in the First World War and the impact of these events on the subsequent history of Samoa and its relationship with New Zealand.

“The photograph of 1929 fits right into that period, and I would like to thank the Samoan Rugby Union for making the offer to loan the photograph for the duration of the exhibition. I would also like to take the opportunity to encourage the public to visit the Museum and view the exhibition.

“The exhibition has been on display in Auckland where it has proved to be very popular, especially with the Auckland Samoan community. The Auckland Museum has gifted the exhibition to the Museum of Samoa. It is an exhibition not to be missed by anybody with interest in Samoa’s past.”