Biographical entry: Wate, Tome (c. 1894 - 1964)

c. 1894
23 October 1964


Born in about 1894, Tome Wate of Sulufou artificial island in Malaita's Lau Lagoon was for many years the Government Headman in the Lau Lagoon. During Maasina Rule (q.v.) he remained loyal to the Protectorate Government and, with his rival Headman Timmy Kakalu'ae, was a vehement opponent of the movement. After the Second World War he was largely responsible for recruiting the supply of labour for the Ports Authority from Sulufou. Wate died on 23 October 1964 and was buried on Sulufou. (NS 31 Oct. 1964)

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  • British Solomon Islands Protectorate (ed.), British Solomon Islands Protectorate News Sheet (NS), 1955-1975. Details