A Special Post In Memory And Dedication To J.B. Fonoti and His Le Aiga Sa-Fonoti (by the Webmaster)

Elvis Presley King of Rock & Roll: Music video clips was chosen, A special dedication post and in memory of our beloved grandfather the late Hon Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown and our grandmother Luisa Ieremia Manulesa Mata’utia Tuala Fonoti Brown, and also for there children our parents who have joined them in the next life, the late Hon Teoteo Asiasi’au Tiatia Sauso’o Fonoti Brown (my father: the webmaster), Uatogitau Alosio Fonoti Brown, Fonoti Letaupe Ioane Jr Brown, Fonoti Inu Saufo’i Brown, Falesefuluotualamasala Judith Fonoti Brown-Gibbs, Sailivao Peter Fonoti Brown, and Feiloa’ivao Paulo Fonoti Brown.

Love always, Yours the Webmaster Christian Brown and also on behalf everyone of the J.B. Fonoti Family ‘Le Aiga Sa-Fonoti’ o Lotofaga ma Lalovaea, ma le Aiga Pa’ia o Sa-Levalasi i Lotofaga Atua.


In memory of Hon Fonoti Mata’utia John Brown and son Hon Teoteo Asiasi’au Tiatia Sauso’o Fonoti Brown of Lotofaga and Lalovaea.

Hon Fonoti Mata'utia John Brown. Hon Teoteo A.T.S. Fonoti Brown.

He was Hon Fonoti Mata’utia Ioane Brown of Lotofaga and Lalovaea. Born 17 Feb 1901 and Died 9 Oct 1974. He was educated at Marist Brothers school from 1908 to 1913. After leaving school he was a Salesman for Burns Philip and became an entrepreneur himself, and he was the first Samoan successful businessman to distinguish himself in this field. He owned many successful companies, and was also became the most successful of planters and cattlemen. He established the first Primary school at Lotofaga and many of other things too numerous to mentioned. He a descendant of King Fonoti Tafa’ifa of Samoa.

The Petition By Leader J.B. Fonoti In 1944 To The United Nations Approval On The 13th December in 1946

While engaged to all Business Activities, Hon J.B. Fonoti was also a Successful Politician. He was the Leader of ‘The Fono of Faipule’ of Samoa from 1939 to 1947. A ‘Member of the Legislative Assembly’ from 1948 to 1952 and 1955 to 1957. From 1954 to 1957 was also a member of the ‘Working Committee of the Constitutional Convention of the Government of Samoa. He was the leader of the MAU for Atua also from 1935 to Vaimoso in 1942. The founder and leader of Samoa Democratic Party in 1953. When New Zealand Governor-General Sir. Cyril Newall visit Samoa in June 1944 and New Zealand Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Mr. Peter Fraser for the special fono in December the same year, leader faipule Hon J.B. Fonoti presented directly the Petition for “Self Government in Samoa”, and much more directly to Hon Mr Fraser with a list of remits included in particular: ‘A scholarship scheme for the ablest Samoan children for further education in NZ. ‘Appointment of Samoans in Government departments and promotions in to senior posts, and more. The Trusteeship Agreement for Western Samoa was submitted and approved by the General Assembly of The United Nations Organisation on the 13th of December in 1946! It’s details belong to the history of Self-Government in Samoa. The Newly Samoan Flag was Raised on 1st June 1948.

“Samoa’s freedom from New Zealand was issued and confirmed!”

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He was Hon Teoteo Asiasi`au Tiatia Henry Sauso`o Fonoti Brown. Fourth Child and a Son of the Late Hon Fonoti Mata’utia Ioane Brown and Luisa Tuala Brown of Lotofaga and Lalovaea. He was Born on the 20th November 1929 in Samoa and was Educated at Marist Brothers School in Mulivai Apia, and St. Patricks in Auckland New Zealand. He was the Founder and Owner of the famous Mt Vaea Club in Samoa, Plantation and a Cattle Farm at JB Fonoti family land Oliula in Lotofaga.

Hon Teoteo Asiasi`au Tiatia Sauso`o Fonoti Brown was a three times Former Member of Parliament for the Government of Samoa. He Represented the District of Avao in Savai`i island 2 times from the early 1970’s under his Title “Tiatia”. And for Matatufu and Lotofaga district in Upolu island the Third time under his Title “Asiasi`au”. He also holds the Title: “Teoteo” of Lotofaga. Hon Teoteo Asiasi`au Tiatia Sauso`o Fonoti Brown was married to Etevise Strickland of Lepea in Faleata, and they have Nine Children. Hon Teoteo Asiasi`au Tiatia Sauso`o Fonoti Brown died on the 5th of September 2003, And was buried at the JB Fonoti Family Land Oliula in Lotofaga Samoa.

(Beloved father of the webmaster: Christian Teoteo Fonoti Brown)


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A Public Noticed Of Expression Sincere Thanks And Acknowledgement:

To My Children:

Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains as it was. I am I and you are you and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name, speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference in your tone, wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together. Play, smile, think of me, pray for me. Let my name be the household word that it always was. Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it. Life means all that it ever meant. It is the same that it ever was. There is absolute and unbroken continuity. What is this death but a negligible accident? Why should I be out of my mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you for an interval, somewhere very near, just around the corner. All is well.

To My Grandchildren And Great-Grandchildren Plus:

I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an after-glow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering soft down the ways. Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

Roma 14, Fuaiupu 7-12: Afai e tatou te ola, tatou te ola mo le Ali’i, pe a fai e oti, e oti mo le Ali’i.

fonoti-ts-wp2By: Christian Teoteo Tiatia Fonoti Brown (The Webmaster).


~ by Christian Brown on November 8, 2008.

One Response to “A Special Post In Memory And Dedication To J.B. Fonoti and His Le Aiga Sa-Fonoti (by the Webmaster)”

  1. Greetings Christian!

    It was great to come across your site and reading about your family line. Interesting tribute and dedication in memory of your grandparents and and father, with the Elvis -‘ I Did It My Way’!
    I came across your site while I was doing a search for my own Samoan family history. I did a search on the name Fonoti because an aunt in Samoa menitoned it. My forefathers have family land in Fagaloa Bay and family property in Lalovaea, near the Hospital. My paternal family name is Faumui. Have no idea, where my own family line links in with the Fonoti line.
    Last year I came across a New Zealand site -Victoria University of Wellington –
    ( http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-TuvAcco-t1-body1-d49-d2.html )
    where there was something about Fagaloa and Fonoti. That was interesting reading, but wondered how much of it was fact (especially about the details of the incident about the invasion by King of Tonga and the first ‘Malietoa’. ).
    Anyway, I was spurred on to do another search on history of Samoa, because one of my cousins from N.Z. visiting us in Aust, – found reading through the info that I had
    from the Victoria site very interesting. I will forward this link of your site on to him of course. Thanks for taking the time to put all that info on the webpages, as it has been very helpful for me personally.

    With Many Blessings & God Bless,

    (Melbourne -Australia).

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