• Val Tilbrook

About Mika of Samoa

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

You will find this headstone in the Spring Farm Cemetery on Spring Farm Road, just out of Clare.

Mika was a converted native of Samoa.

I believe he died of typhoid. He is buried with the Moyses family having resided with them in William Street, Clare.

I am not sure who lives in this house now).

It is at the bottom section of William Street, close to Guilford Street.


Mika was a converted native of Samoa. Mr Solomon Williams, a photographer of

Glenelg and later in Clare, was asked to photograph Mika in his coffin.


In accordance with Samoan ritual a likeness of the deceased had to be sent to Samoa for verification of his death.

A duplicate of this photo was then given to William May of Clare. That name is not familiar to me and I wonder where that photo is now.


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Interesting Cemeteries: Clare to Penwortham: "Mr Solomon Williams, a photographer of Glenelg and later in Clare, was asked to photograph Mika in his coffin. A duplicate of this photo was then given to William May of Clare. That name is not familiar to me and I wonder where that photo is now."

- Val Tilbrook

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