The Fortunes of Bauxite – Part 4B – A Trumpet fit for a King


By Dmitri Allicock  – for Guyanese Online

When Bauxite was king, the horn was a part of your natural neurological response.

The blowing of the horn at the power house occurred at 5.30 am to wake the mines workers. Buses and train ran trips in every direction taking workers. The 6.50am horn was to alert you to be at the North or South gate. Then the 7.00am horn would let you know that workers should be at their stations in the plant. There was the 11.00 am horn for lunch or breakfast which is a confusing mixed up of meals that have historical past. The 1220 pm horn was to alert the workers that they should be close to their stations before the 12.30 pm horn announced the back to work rhythm. The wonderful 4.30 pm horn was that the day shift was heading home.  

Thousands of workers would flow out of the plants immediately on foot and bicycles heading home to their families or in the case of some to wash away dust and fatigue with a cold beer or so.


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  • wendy barnwell  On December 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Great information Dmitri! Learned every day from you without having to receive a grade! Best type of learning. Wendy Barnwell.

  • Clyde Duncan  On December 8, 2014 at 11:19 am

    This is educational, Dmitri. I knew nothing of this “Mackenzie Culture” before now. I would like to suggest you write about ALCOA passing control to ALCAN … that is a story worth telling about in B.G. and the rest of the Commonwealth, like Jamaica, Australia and so on. Thanks! – I am a Georgetown boy who knows very little about Guyana.

  • walter nehaul  On December 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Best time of my life, was spent at Mackenzie ,unfortunately ,the last time I was there, was taking the English soldiers on the M.V. Barima .I try not to remember much, but these articles do help erase the bad memories.

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