Japanese Cemetery and Memorial

  • Historic site and monument
  • Memorial
Dallas Route de Saint-paul 98829 Thio
A place of pilgrimage for visiting Japanese descendants. The cemetery houses ancient Japanese graves and a memorial dedicated to the 599 Japanese who arrived in Thio as free workers in 1892 on board the ship Hiroshima Maru.
The nickel discovered in New Caledonia in 1864 resulted in extensive mining activity from 1873 and a strong demand for labour.
Société Le Nickel recruited workers from Japan by offering attractive contracts to future immigrants. The first Japanese workers arrived in Bota Méré Bay on 25 January 1892.
By 1918, almost 2,500 of them had settled on Grande Terre. But in December 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese of New Caledonia were suspected of spying and locked up in...




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Japanese Cemetery and Memorial
Dallas Route de Saint-paul 98829 Thio

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  • French
Updated on 09 January 2024 at 16:11
by Office de Tourisme de Thio
(Offer identifier : 5465994)
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