From Tamil Studies Abroad, A Symposium edited by Xavier
S.Thaninayagam, published by the International Association of Tamil Research, 1968:
"New Caledonia has several descendants of Tamils, whose parents
intermarried with the local population already in the last century. New Caledonia requires
a special study since a large number of Tamils went there as labourers and a report in a
book published about 1919 states that of the Chinese, Indians and Javanese who colonised
new Caledonia, the Indians gave satisfaction. In Tahiti in August 1967, were found about
twenty families who had descended from Tamils. Neither the parents nor the children had
any knowledge of their ancestry, but the parents remembered their own parents and how when
their parents and Indian friends met they spoke 'la langue' and often sang and cried
remembering their homeland. The family name was the only clue to their Indian origin e.g.
Pavalacoddy, Mariasoosay, Rayappan, Saminathan, Thivy, Veerasamy."