Tamilians are generally more passionate about their language and culture. This is even more true when you are far away from your motherland. Two friends had a conversation about the lack of Tamil skills in their own kids and were contemplating how it was becoming increasingly difficult for full time working parents to impart language skills in addition to regular school work and other activities. It was noticed that most other Tamil parents were going through the same concerns but were not sure how to address these. A chance meeting by a set of like minded parents spawned the idea of a community run Tamil school. This meeting happened sometime in August 2011 and was the first unofficial meeting of the yet to formed Tamilar Inc.

A thorough discussion on how to accomplish this vision ensued and two concepts were brought to the table. Running a garage Tamil class or seeking expertise of the Victorian School of languages. Due to the minimised administration overheads, low cost to parents it was decided to go the VSL way. VSL, which is a part of the Dept of Education provided financial (in the way of subsidised student fees), facility and curriculum support.

Next step was the challenge of convincing the Victorian School of Languages to start classes in Tamil. VSL, a government school provides an avenue for school children to study a language other than English (LOTE) that is not offered in their schools. VSL can offer only a limited number of classes in a school year. Every additional class they run is a loss for them due to the subsidy to students. So, they work on a principle of most value for money.

When we approached VSL it was advised that we make a proposal under a group rather than as individuals. Ganesh, Feroz, Arun, Meena, Radhika, Sundar, Roopa and Meena go together and resolved to start a community group and make a formal proposal to VSL. Amongst other names, Tamilan, Amutham, Sudar, Muthamilan, Senthamilan were discussed and finally Tamilar was chosen.

A proposal was sent to VSL on 9th Sept 2011 and it was favourably seen. Then continued a series of meetings with VSL and the search for prospective students and teachers in the Wyndham area. The Tamil classes would eventually start in Feb 2012.

Tamilar Inc was incorporated on 22nd November 2011 and what started out as a discussion in the car and at social gatherings ended up as Tamilar Inc. 

  • ஈதல் இசைபட வாழ்தல் அதுஅல்லது
    ஊதியம் இல்லை உயிர்க்கு

    Give to the poor and live with praise, there is no greater profit to man than that

  • ஒன்றெய்தி நூறிழக்கும் சூதர்க்கும் உண்டாங்கொல்
    நன்றெய்தி வாழ்வதோர் ஆறு

    Is there indeed a means of livelihood that can bestow happiness on gamblers who gain one and lose a hundred?

  • கற்க கசடறக் கற்பவை கற்றபின் நிற்க அதற்கு தக

    Learn thoroughly whatever one may, and let ones conduct be worthy of that learning

  • எண்ணென்ப ஏனை எழுத்தென்ப இவ்விரண்டும்
    கண்ணென்ப வாழும் உயிர்க்கு

    Letters and numbers are the two eyes of a man

  • செயற்கரிய செய்வார் பெரியர் சிறியர்
    செயற்கரிய செய்கலா தார்

    The great do things that is difficult to be done, and the small are people who cannot do those

  • தீயினாற் சுட்டபுண் உள்ளாறும் ஆறாதே நாவினாற் சுட்ட வடு

    A wound caused by fire will heal, but wound caused by harsh words will never heal

  • கேட்பினுங் கேளாத் தகையவே கேள்வியால் 
    தோட்கப் படாத செவி

    The ear which has not been bored by instruction, although it hears, is deaf.

  • தம்மின்தம் மக்கள் அறிவுடைமை மாநிலத்து 
    மன்னுயிர்க் கெல்லாம் இனிது

    That their children should possess knowledge is more pleasing to all men of this great earth than to themselves

  • முயற்சி திருவினை யாக்கும் முயற்றின்மை இன்மை புகுத்தி விடும்

    Idleness will bring poverty

  • ஈன்ற பொழுதின் பெரிதுவக்கும் தன்மகனைச் 
    சான்றோன் எனக்கேட்ட தாய்

    The mother who hears her child called "a wise one" will rejoice more than she did at his birth

  • இன்னாசெய் தாரை ஒறுத்தல் அவர்நாண நன்னயம் செய்து விடல்

    The punishment to those who do evil is to show them kindness and forget the evil deed done unto you

  • அகர முதல எழுத்தெல்லாம் ஆதி பகவன் முதற்றே உலகு

    As the alphabet “A” is the first of all alphabets, so is eternal God, the first in the world

  • துப்பார்க்கு துப்பாய துப்பாக்கி துப்பார்க்கு  துப்பாய  துவும்  மலை

    Rain produces food and is itself food

  • பிணியின்மை செல்வம் விளைவின்பம் ஏமம்
    அணியென்ப நாட்டிவ் வைந்து

    Freedom from epidemics, wealth, produce, happiness and security are the five ornaments of a kingdom

  • ஆற்றின் அறவறிந்து ஈக அதுபொருள்
    போற்றி வழங்கு நெறி

    Know the measure of your ability and give accordingly, such giving is the way to preserve your property

  • இருந்தோம்பி இல்வாழ்வ தெல்லாம் விருந்தோம்பி 
    வேளாண்மை செய்தற் பொருட்டு

    The whole design of living in the domestic state and laying up (property) is (to be able) to exercise the benevolence of hospitality

  • நன்றி மறப்பது நன்றன்று நன்றல்லது  அன்றே மறப்பது நன்று

    Never forget good things done to you, it is best to forget bad things done to you the very moment

  • காலத்தி னாற்செய்த நன்றி சிறிதெனினும் ஞாலத்தின் மாணப் பெரிது

    A favour conferred in the time of need, though it be small, it transcends the earth in value 

  • அற்றால் அறவறிந்து உண்க அஃதுடம்பு
    பெற்றான் நெடிதுய்க்கும் ஆறு

    If one's food has been digested by eating in moderation; that is the way to prolong the life of an embodied soul.

  • குழல்இனிது யாழ்இனிது என்பதம் மக்கள்மழலைச்சொல் கேளா தவர்

    The pipe is sweet, so is the lute, to those who have not heard the babble of their own children

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