Hilarion Vendégou

Hilarion Tumi Vendégou (4 September 1941 – 11 January 2020) was a French politician, the high chief of the Isle of Pines, in New Caledonia, and the mayor of the commune. He was recognised as grand chef in 1974, but, due to a violent succession dispute with his relative Jean-Marie Vendégou, was not formally enthroned until 7 July 1979.[1] He was also the mayor of the island commune, until 2014.

Hilarion Vendégou
High Chief of the Isle of Pines
In office
26 September 1974 – 11 January 2020
Preceded byBarthélémy Vendégou
Mayor of L'Île-des-Pins
In office
Preceded bySamuel Vendégou
Personal details
Born(1941-09-04)4 September 1941
Isle of Pines, New Caledonia, France
Died11 January 2020(2020-01-11) (aged 78)
Political partyThe Rally-UMP
Other political
Union for a Popular Movement

1 Formally enthroned 7 July 1979

On 11 January 2020, Vendégou died at the age of 78.[2]


  1. ^ Godard, Philippe (1980). Le mémorial Calédonien, Volume 8: 1970-1981 (in French). Nouméa: Art Calédoniennes. pp. 43, 60, 101.
  2. ^ Carboni, Lizzie (11 January 2020). "[MISE À JOUR] Hilarion Vendégou est décédé". FranceInfo. Retrieved 11 January 2020.