Tupua Tamasese Meaʻole

Was the Tupua Tamasese from 1929 to 1963, a Samoan paramount chief

Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole CBE (3 June 1905 – 5 April 1963) was a Western Samoan paramount chief. He held the royal title of Tupua Tamasese from 1929 to 1963, and O le Ao o le Malo (Head of State) with Malietoa Tanumafili II from 1962 until his death the following year.[1]

Tupua Tamasese Mea’ole

Tamasese on Sāmoan Independence Day,
1 January 1962
O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa
In office
1 January 1962 – 5 April 1963
Serving with Malietoa Tanumafili II
Prime MinisterFiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu'u II
Preceded byJohn Bird Wright
(As High Commissioner)
Succeeded byMalietoa Tanumafili II
(As sole Head of State)
Tupua Tamasese
1929 — 5 April 1963
Preceded byTupua Tamasese Lealofi III
Succeeded byTupua Tamasese Lealofi IV
Member of the Legislative Assembly
In office
1948 – 1957
Member of the Legislative Council
In office
1935 – 1948
Personal details
Born3 June 1905
Vaimoso, German Samoa
Died5 April 1963(1963-04-05) (aged 57)
Spouse(s)Irene Gustava Noue Nelson
Children4, including Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi


  1. Tamasese: Architect of West Samoan Independence Pacific Islands Monthly, May 1963, pp41–47