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  • Robert Ebenezer Somasundram (1870 - d.)
    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...

James Leonard Somasundram, had a cousin named Ernest "Sholay" who lived in Mauritius. He visited South Africa around the 1950s, on his way to the UK.

Ernest had a sister named Anna, and a daughter named Nicole. He was married to a French lady.

We are trying to trace this family. The spelling of the surname is uncertain, but was pronounced "Shore Lee". "Sholay" is an Indian surname in Mauritius, with the same pronunciation and an alternative spelling of "Sholley". The family should be Indian Christians.

There are a number of Sholay's living in Rose Hill, Mauritius, although the few that I was able to contact by telephone in May 2011, did not recall an Ernest or Nicole Sholay. However they all are Indian with Christian first names, so it is possible that they are part of the same family.

Another possible lead and alternate spelling is "Chorley". There was an Indian Christian Reverend named Iyanar Frank Chorley in Mauritius in the late 1880s. The only online record is at <> (for a copy see also attached project document). This is possibly the same family mentioned earlier since his last recorded station was also in Rose Hill, so the surname spelling could have changed.