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Upper Demerara River Many Years Ago

Upper Demerara River Many Years Ago

By Peter Halder

Economic activities in the Upper Demerara River were mainly timber grants. The first grant, I believe, was at Kumaparo, about 60 miles south of Mallali but below Great Falls. The grant was owned and operated by Willems Timber and Trading Company. Jack Willems was the owner of the Company at that time. His Manager in Georgetown was a Mr McIntyre who flew to the site regularly on an Art Williams seaplane.

Another timber grant pioneer was Harry Lorrimer. His grant was at Kumaro about 18 miles south of Mallali. He travelled by speedboat and used tugs to transport his logs to Georgetown. He was among the first to use trucks to haul timber from the forest to the bank of the river for shipping.

Mr McDoom owned and operated a grant at Mallali Mission.

And Mr A.P. Fiedtkou also owned and operated a grant at Karakuya, above Mallali.

In those days, the main species of wood extracted from the forests were greenheart, purpleheart and kabakalli.

Some amount of alluvial gold mining was also done. Beyond Great Falls, Sigmund Croft, whose family lived at Kaka Kara Creek opposite Section C, Christianburg, did gold mining at Kanaimatu

There was no diamond mining as far as I was told.

Amerindians lived along both banks of the river, mainly as individual families in thatched troolie palm huts. They were from different tribes…Wapishiana, Macushi, Arawak and Carib.

There was a settlement above Great Falls. Great Falls is about 80 miles south of Mallali. Unlike Station, Kaikuchekabra and Anthony near Mallali, it was not flat. To go beyond it, you had to take your boat, canoe from the river and walk along a portage around the Fall, to where the river continued. The source of the Demerara River is Cannister Falls, near the Brazil border.

When the tide was at its highest during the rainy season, fishes swam from down to upriver to spawn but could not go go beyond Great Falls. The Amerindians who lived beyond the Falls harvested them, and dried or smoked them so they can be stored. Among the fishes were laulau, hymara, tiger fish, tibicuri and dara.

The Amerindian settlement was at Mabura about four miles below Great Falls. It was known as Mabura Mission. They held an annual festival which was called bimiti. It featured feasting, music and dancing. There was also another custom called mashramani in which the men would cut down trees, clear land and build huts. The women would cultivate farms and do all the cooking and house keeping. Men also did hunting and fishing.

A main crop for the Amerindians was cassava. It was used to make cassava bread. There were two kinds…the round flat kind that is well known and also one that was very thick called aresuca. The crop was also used for making casareep and two popular drink called pywarri and cassiri. Of course casareep was used for making pepperpot in a huge iron pot. There were two kinds of pepperpot, one made with meat…deer, labba, accouri, wild cow (tapir) or wild hog. The other was with thick cleaned and filleted fish, especially laulau and very large hymara. Hot whole peppers were also an ingredient.

Other potables included warrup, made from sugar cane juice. The juice was squeezed into large earthen jars, left in the sun to ferment with the help of a little yeast, and when ready, was placed in a nearby creek to chill. The most popular potable was Sleepy Tonic made with sugar, yeast and sometimes potato and sweet potato added.

Three superior forest experts in those days, were Amerindians who lived below Great Falls. They knew the forests in the Upper Demerara River like the back of their hands, did not need any maps and were never lost. The three were Wilford Wanama, Richard Williams and Sabia Daniels. The three were very good, for example, at locating greenheart sub-forests. They were able to smell from a distance the peculiar odour of greenheart leaves or know from the soil where greenheart or other commercial trees grew.

Animals that inhabited the forests in the Upper Demerara River included, wild cow (tapir), wild hog, deer ( a small, striped variety called wibishiri and a large brown variety), labba, accouri which thrived on eating the corio palm nuts when they fell to the ground, puma, jaguar (including the black jaguar) and the ewalla tiger. Snakes included the boa constrictor or camoudi, labaria, cunacura, lanara or bushmaster, rattlesnake.

There was a Water Gauge above the Falls that was set up by the Geological Survey Department in Georgetown. It was used to measure the depth of the water in the river.

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Guyanese celebrate their independence -NYC

Guyanese celebrate their independence -NYC

By Tangerine Clarke

Published: Friday, June 11, 2010 1:05 PM EDT

From left, Council Member Mathieu Eugene, Guyana Consul General Brentnold R. Evans, Ambassador Bayney Karran join honorees James Richmond, Dr. Shaiek Ali, nephew of (Francis Yvonne Jackson), Kwasi Jackson, John “Ossie” Vaughan, Lachman Budhai, Dave Narine, Aliann Pompey, and Carlton Guilliams.

Guyana’s Independence was commemorated in the Council Chambers of City Hall recently, where the words of America’s 16th president Abraham Lincoln – The government of the people, by the people, for the people welcomed the expatriates – nine of whom were honored with plaques and proclamations, during an astounding evening filled with patriotism and love of country.

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Fathers know best – by Godfrey Chin

Posted By Stabroek staff On June 20, 2010 Features,Sunday | Comment

Happy Father’s Day 2010. This is for every father, everywhere. Hoping that while I share this Nostalgia it brings back some poignant memories of your Dad.  And while you reminisce, think of all the foibles, derring dos, ding-dongs,  ning-ning  and narra that made your ‘dad experience’ so pivotal in your maturing years.

Mark Twain once wrote “that as a young man he felt he was wiser than his dad – until he became a dad.” The foregoing I share as proof: ‘Father always knows best.’ Enjoy this banter with my Dalton Sons – Ya think it easy!        Continue reading

Parliament Buildings – Guyana

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Parliament Buildings – Guyana

Parliament Building - Georgetown. Guyana

Parliament Buildings - Georgetown. Guyana

Guyana‘s Parliament Building, designed by Joseph Hadfield, was built on a foundation of greenheart logs. The foundation stone was laid in 1829 and, in April 1834, the structure, stuccoed to resemble stone blocks, was completed.

Having been completed, the building was formally handed over to a committee of the Court of Policy on 5 August 1834. Those present were Joseph Hadfield, of the Hadfield family, after one of whom, John, Hadfield Street was named; and George Booker, who represented J.D. Patterson, one of the three contractors, the other two being Roderick McKenzie and Hector Kemp. The architect was Joseph Hadfield. The building was constructed at a cost of 50,000 pounds.

In 1875 Cesar Castellani completed the installation of a sunken panelled ceiling of the Parliamentary chamber in the eastern wing of the Parliament Building. The Chamber also features an elaborately carved teak Speaker’s chair, an Independence gift from the Government of India; a table and three chairs for the Clerks, and a Sergeant-at-Arms chair (an Independence gift from the British House of Commons); paintings, of Arthur Chung, Guyana’s first ceremonial President (1970-1980) and of Forbes Burnham, Guyana’s first executive President (1980-1985); and a gilded clock, depicting the rays of the sun, a gift from the Demerara Company Limited (1954?).

Parliament Buildings in the 19th century

The walls of the Parliament Chamber are paneled with mahogany. Floor length shuttered windows allow light and air to enter, and north-facing windows have small balconies. The floor is made of local greenheart wood.[citation needed]

The Parliament Building is an excellent example of 19th century Renaissance architecture and is one of two domed buildings in Georgetown. Within its compound are two cannon that were used in the Crimean War and a statue of Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, OBE (1884-1958) who is regarded as the father of Trade Unionism in Guyana. (Wikepedia Encyclopedia) Link here


This is the official website of the Parliament of Guyana.  Click on the heading above to link to the site for full information regarding Parliament and it operation, bills etc.

Newsletter – June 2010

Newsletter – June 2010

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In This Issue

Parliament Building - Georgetown. Guyana

Parliament Building - Georgetown. Guyana

Page 1– Masthead Picture: Parliament Buildings in Georgetown; President Jagdeo’s Independence Speech for 44th Anniversary.

Page 2-  EditorialVideos on Life and Education.

Page 3– Guest Editorial – New Models of Governance

Page 4-  Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago Elections

Page 5– Guyana Tourism – Guyana Jamboree 2010.

Page 6—Guyana News with Headline News links

Amaila Falls Hydro Project;  RUSAL Hydro  Project Talks;   Governance links; Agriculture;  Gold and Diamond Mining Issues.

Page 7—Guyana News with Headline News Links; Golden Grove Community Centre Opens; St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Fire—News links

Page 8– Business Page with GO-Invest links

Page 9– Last Lap Lime – 15th Anniversary

Page 10- Associations: Guyanese Association of Georgia; Guyanese Association of  Barbados;

Page 11-  Associations: Guyanese association of Manitoba;Q.C. Alumni—”Fireworks in Queens”;“A Taste of Guyana” in Toronto; Friends of  Victoria Village “Creole Breakfast”; Buxton-  170th Anniversary Celebrations; The Arts Journal;  Ameena Gafoor’s column

Page 12- Arts and Culture: Tony Phillips—artist –  Website; Olga Lopes-Seale  – “Fun Run”  in Barbados;  Godfrey Chin: “The Forties in British Guiana.”

Page 13- Arts and Culture: “Reds” Perreira launches book on his life;“Come Walk With Me”  A book of  Poems by Francis Yvonne Jackson living in Chicago.

Page 14– 15- Historical:  “Glimpses of Kingston”  1948. Written by Joy W. Small in Kyk-Over-Al

Page 16– Advertising- Guyana Telephone Calling Cards;  Caribbean Cargo and Packaging Services.

GUYANA Migration and Remigration Information

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Nostalgia: Henry Street. Werk-en-Rust

Nostalgia: Henry Street. Werk-en-Rust

By Peter Halder

Henry Street in Werk-en-Rust is a short street. It is only one block long. It extends from Princess Street on the south to Durban Street on the north. It is sandwiched between George Street on the east and Smyth Street on the west.

A denizen of Non Pareil Street, Albouystown (vide my Nostalgia: The Street Where I lived: Non Pareil Street, Albouystown), I became familiar with Henry Street in the late 1940s when I met and became a close and lasting friend of Carl Agard. I joined him in Scholarship Class at St. Stephen’s Church of Scotland School at the junction of St.Stephen, Princess and Adelaide Streets, Charlestown. We would go swimming often at clay, the parloff or other parts of the Punt Trench or explore the mangrove area on the bank of Demerara River at Ruimveldt, next to Art Williams Transport offices.

Carl, who often referred to himself as Carl Nigel Stanislaus Yohann Divioli Agard, lived in a large, old house in a spacious “yard” near the southern end of the eastern side Henry Street. The bottom of the house was enclosed but there was no flat/apartment. The principal occupants of the bottom house at night were crapauds of the large, black, ugly variety with lumpy backs.

There was also a small cottage at the back of the yard which was rented.

South of Carl’s placed and towards the southern end of Henry Street was the Corinthian Lodge. The Lodge was a huge white building in the expansive grounds, both of which were always well kept. The caretaker of the Lodge lived in the cottage in Carl’s backyard. South of Corinthian Lodge and the end of street was a wide lawn which bordered the Princess Street trench. We played cricket or bat and ball on the lawn (as we called it) from time to time, using green starapples as balls and wood bats. We also played at St. Phillips playground from time to time.

In the front of the yard was a tall starapple tree. Apart from using the green fruit to play cricket, we would play Tarzan on it especially when we had seen a Tarzan movie at the Cinema.  ….. continued…

Read full article here… NOSTALGIA – Henry Street, Werk-en-Rust



Stabroek staff – June 4, 2010 – In Local News | 104 Comments

PPP/C holds biggest bloc of voters –   AFC on the upswing – CADRES poll

The governing PPP/Civic continues to command the single largest bloc of voters but has lost significant support since the last general election, according to a new poll that also shows that an alliance between opposition parties could see a result in their favour.

The March 2010 poll, conducted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Research Services Inc. (CADRES), also showed that while no single opposition force currently commands a majority of support, the AFC could hold the balance of power after votes are counted. The poll projected the PPP/Civic’s overall support at 38%, the PNCR at 31% and the AFC at 26%, representing a drop of 16%, 3% and a gain of 18%, respectively.

When asked directly which party they would support if an election were held at the time of the survey, the PPP/Civic got support from 25% of respondents, the AFC 25% and the PNCR 23%, while other parties drew a total 3%, and persons in the “Don’t know/Won’t say” category accounted for 24%. The “Don’t know/Won’t say” category, CADRES said in a press release yesterday, is sufficiently large to alter the course of an election. Therefore, relying on historical trends, which it said has proven to be a most reliable indicator, CADRES anticipated the way voters in the category would behave, in order to determine the overall measurement of support among the parties.

“In the final analysis, however, the PPP/Civic is still leading, the PNCR is still the second most popular party, however the AFC would have been in a position to hold the balance of power if an election were called in March this year,” CADRES said in the press release.

The next general election is due by the end of November next year and there is speculation regarding the outcome and possible configurations for both the governing party and the opposition groups.

Stabroek News was told that the poll was privately commissioned and CADRES was recently given approval to release the findings to the public. In addition to party support, CADRES will also release the survey’s findings on major issues and leadership, over the next weeks. CADRES explained that it conducted a political opinion survey that covered all 10 administrative regions.          continued

Read full article here> CADRES March 2010 POLL RELEASED

Trinidad and Tobago Elections – 2010

Trinidad and Tobago Elections – May 24,2010

Kamlamania II – Stabroek staff  – May 28, 2010 – Editorial

Kamla Persad-Bissessar has created history in Trinidad and Tobago by becoming the country’s first female prime minister.

Patrick Manning has created history of a more dubious nature by becoming quite possibly the first politician to call two snap elections and lose them both. In last Monday’s election, in an astounding case of political misjudgement – Professor Selwyn Ryan prefers to call it “hubris” – Mr. Manning sacrificed another two-and-a-half years in office and converted a comfortable 11-seat parliamentary majority to a humbling 17-seat minority.

Indeed, in taking a high-stakes gamble that Mrs Persad-Bissessar and the United National Congress (UNC) – she was only elected party leader on January 24, with the vanquished founder-leader, Basdeo Panday, hovering in the background like Banquo’s ghost – would be too weak to stand up to the vaunted political machinery of the People’s National Movement (PNM), Mr Manning merely succeeded in galvanising the opposition into a broad-based and formidable coalition under Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s charismatic leadership.

To his credit, the defeated leader of the PNM has assumed “full responsibility” for the election debacle and his political future is now in serious doubt. Mr. Manning, a born-again Christian, had said before the election that after politics, he would take up preaching. Well, the coalition and the electorate have facilitated that ambition and if Mr Manning were to be true to the inherited Westminster tradition, he should have already fallen on his sword.

Trinidadians and Tobagonians too created history with a record 70% voter turnout, and the results confirmed the overwhelming sense that the people wanted change after eight years of prime ministerial arrogance, poor governance, economic mismanagement, squandermania, corruption, a frightening escalation in violent crime and inadequate public services.

In an election which the experts said was too close to call, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s People’s Partnership – the coalition led by the UNC and comprising the mainly middle class, multi-racial Congress of the People (COP), the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP), the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC) with its roots in the 1970 Black Power movement, and the labour-inspired Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) – confounded conservative estimates and won a landslide victory over the incumbents, polling 432,026 votes to the PNM’s 285,354. The count in terms of seats was 29 to 12, with the UNC winning 21 (including one won by MSJ leader and veteran trade unionist, Errol McLeod, and another won by businessman and civil society activist, Stephen Cadiz), the COP six and the TOP taking the two Tobago constituencies.

In the UK, the coalition between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives has promised “a new politics.” In Suriname, the result of the May 25 elections is still to be transformed into a workable solution. But that country’s tradition of coalitions has generally served to avoid the ethnic fracturing more familiar to Guyana and Trinidad where monolithic parties have tended to prevail. In Trinidad and Tobago, all eyes will now be on the People’s Partnership to judge how this coalition performs in government, how it lives up to its campaign promises and, in the eyes of the cynics, how long it survives. Indeed, many in the region will be watching to determine whether it is a functional model worthy of emulation, in which the collective good is dominant, individual egos are subsumed, party patronage and dependency become things of the past, and meritocracy, transparency, accountability and participation become the order of the day.

In her victory speech on Monday night, Mrs Persad-Bissessar was typically gracious, inviting all Trinbagonians to hold her hand in a new participatory approach to governance in which “no one will be left out.” In her swearing-in address on Wednesday, she echoed these sentiments and stated further that she would “work towards reversing the order of ‘top-down government’ to one for all the people.”

Fine words, but she and her new government will have to translate them into action. Too often in our region, the rhetoric of inclusiveness, so pronounced on the campaign trail and so high-sounding in inaugural addresses, has given way to the banalities of politics and the emptiness of promises unfulfilled.

Mrs. Persad-Bissessar is expected to have her cabinet in place by today. At the time of writing, only the new Attorney General had been named, but observers will be trying to determine the level of horse-trading that will have taken place within the coalition and the ministerial appointments should give an early indication as to how serious the new prime minister is about honouring her pledges.

In Trinidad and Tobago, a lot of hope and goodwill would appear to have been generated by Mrs. Persad-Bissessar’s victory. Perhaps it is because of her gender, perhaps it is due to her warmth, charisma and intelligence, attributes we noted in our editorial of January 29 (‘Kamlamania’) just after her election as UNC leader. In this regard, the last two sentences of that piece are worth repeating: “The next days, weeks and months promise to be fascinating for politics in Trinidad and Tobago and there will inevitably be lessons for the rest of the Caribbean. Perhaps the hype and excitement are justified after all.” At this stage, we can only wait and see.


Saint’s Annual Golf Tournament

Saint’s Annual Golf Tournament

Date: Sat. July 10, 2010

Time: 7:45 A.M. shotgun start

Registration begins at 6:30 A.M.

ONLY 144 players so 1st to Pay will Play

You r $115 Includes:

“Hole in one” Wins $10,000 CASH

Cart | Prizes | BBQ Lunch   Available Locker Room Facilities with towels

Type of play Scramble Format

Address: 15731 Regional Rd 50. Caledon , Ontario L7E 3H9

Where: Glen Eagles Golf Club – Tel: (905) 880 -0131

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Glen Eagles – 2010

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