6 Sep 2016

Indonesian presence in New Caledonia celebrated

3:12 pm on 6 September 2016

The Indonesian community in New Caledonia has celebrated the 120th anniversary of the arrival of the first settlers from Java.

New Caledonia's capital Noumea.

New Caledonia's capital Noumea. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

The cultural festivities near Noumea were attended by Indonesia's Sultan Hamengku Buwono X who also met the French High Commissioner.

The Javanese arrived in 1896 in large numbers to work in the French colony and several thousand stayed behind.

Today, they are a recognised and established minority.