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Historical hall soon to be history

By Charlina Tone

Historical hall soon to be history The Apia Protestant Church hall will soon disappear taking with it a colourful history spanning more than a hundred years.  Reverend Nuuausala Siaosi Siutaia said the hall is now a safety hazard and needs to be taken down as soon as possible.

“Although we really want to preserve this piece of history, and we did what we could to save it, it is no longer safe and safety is our main concern,” he said.The hall which dates back to the mid 1880s, is the very place where Sunday School was first established in Samoa.

“Sunday school was brought here b

y the missionaries and this is where it all started,” said the the reverend, a former missionary himself. It is also recorded in history that this is where famous writer and poet Robert Louis Stevenson attended church and helped out with the Sunday School.

Today, many churches in Samoa have Sunday Schools.  Other formal youth organizations such as Youth for Christ, Boys and Girls Brigade, Girl Guides and Brownies and Cubs and Scouts were also formed in this building. “It was also the first badminton court in Samoa.” The Young Folks Club, a popular group for boys in “those days” was also formed here.

“This group’s members included prominent figures in Samoan society like Ted Annandale, Tagaloa Kerslake and brothers Peter, Leitu, Fata and Arthur Rasmussen.”
Reverend Nu’uausala said they are sad to take the building down but all good things must come to an end.

A contractor to build the new hall will be announced later this month and it is estimated it will cost more than ST$1 million to rebuild.  The Protestant Church will be hosting a mini bazaar tomorrow at the church grounds where they will sell antiques from the old church and hall.

 

 

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