Robert Ebenezer Somasundram

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Robert Ebenezer Somasundram

Birthplace: Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Death: (Date and location unknown)
Immediate Family:

Son of (Reverend) Somasundram
Husband of Elizabeth Somasundram
Father of James Leonard Somasundram; Robert Somasundram; Lawrence Henry Vincent Somasundram; Grace Paul and <private> Somasundram
Brother of Georgina Margaret Bissessor and unknown elder sister

Occupation: Court Intrepreter -Indian languages
Managed by: Private User
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About Robert Ebenezer Somasundram

Arrived in Durban on 11th April 1890 aboard the Umtata 1 after matriculating at the Wesleyan Mission School in Madras. Started working as a teacher at Point Road School, but switched career to become a court interpreter. Was apparently also involved in Natal cricket.

From family oral history, his father (or an earlier ancestor or relative) was apparently the first or an early Christian priest in India (possibly Methodist. The book 'Christian Indians in Natal 1860-1911 by JB Brain or Bain, on page 153, lists Rev. Somasundram as the father of Robt (sic) Somasundram whose details match Robert Ebenezer Somasundram), and was rejected by his family after converting to Christianity. There is more information on attempts to trace Robert Somasundram's ancestry, in the project "Somasundram family in India"

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Chennai, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Age 20
Point Road School
January 22, 1907
Age 37
Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa