Father Rougier (1864-1932) was born in France and was ordained in the Society of Mary in 1888. He went to Fiji soon afterwards as a Roman Catholic missionary. He acquired a large sum of money in what was known as the Cecile Affair in 1907, and soon afterwards left Fiji and acquired plantation interests at Fanning, Washington and Christmas Islands. He resided in Tahiti and became a prominent figure there in the business and cultural worlds, being known as Abbe Rougier.
The Cecile affair surrounded his friendship with an escaped French convict who repaid Rougier for his support by giving him a substantial amount of money.
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