Guyana: British Guiana 1959 to 1961- with 2009 updates – photos


Georgetown 1959 – see comments regarding this picture at the bottom of this entry

Guyana : British Guiana 1959 to 1961- photos; RH Carr photos;  Pictures of Guyana visit in 2009.

These Flickr photos are by Pauline and John. They include pictures of Georgetown, MacKenzie, the Bauxite plants and the related pictures of life in Guyana in 1959-61.  Another album below features the MV R.H. Carr which plied between McKenzie and Georgetown before the road was built from Sousdyke to MacKenzie.

Pauline and John  revisited Guyana in 2009 and made another album which includes updated pictures of McKenzie-Linden as well as their visits to Georgetown and Kaieteur Falls etc.  This album also includes some historical pictures.

Click the links below to view the photos:   

View Picture Gallery:

View Slideshow:

Pictures taken by my Dad while we were living in Mackenzie 1959-1961.

We returned to Guyana in 2009 on a trip that included Mackenzie. (Our pictures are in another set.) It was fun, especially finding our old house and seeing that the school is thriving. Watooka House is looking good too, and the pool is still there! [2009  Pauline and John – flickr photos]

Our two other sets on flickr are:

The RH Carr – Photo album

Picture Gallery: 72157622961117989/

View Slideshow:

Guyana 2009 – Photo album

Picture Gallery: 72157622697152900/

Slide Show:


68 photos | 5,468 views – items are from between c.1959 & 05 Oct 2010.

Comments on the picture shown above [from Flickr entry]:

  1. Building with Black roof Was Bookers before the big fire in the 1940’s destroyed most of Water street. Cream building beyond is Schuler & Gomes. Stabroek Market tower in the distance.Taken from front of Bookers Shipping building.

  2. The cream building in the left middle, was the; Bettencourts Unique department store which survived the Black Friday riot, but was destroyed a few decades later.
    The buildings in the fore of the photo, up to and including Bookers were destroyed by fire on February 13, 1962 (Black Friday). All of the buildings on the right, up to the Stabroek Market were destroyed in the fire.

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  • Elder Wayne Collymore  On March 17, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for the most pleasant walk down memory lane.Some of these pxs of a Guyana of my childhood are heart warming.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On March 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I found the British Guiana stamps with Queen Elizabeth’s head on the top right-hand corner very evocative of my childhood days.

  • Pauline and John  On March 23, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Cyril,

    We usually get 3 to 400 hits per day on our flickr site so we were amazed when, following your blog posting of links to our various Guyana sets, the stats started rocketing to over 7,000 on March 14th and continue to be over 3,000/day. We are thrilled that so many people have found them and Pauline’s father, who took all the early ones, would have been so happy to share them. Pauline had a wonderful time in the two years she spent there as a child, spoke so fondly of it when we met and we were fortunate that we were able to revisit her childhood haunts and have such a wonderful experience in Georgetown, Watooka and finding the RH Carr.

    If you read the postings on Bob Wong’s Guyanathenandnow blog, everyone who was there at the same time as Pauline remembers it equally with great affection.

    Thanks for posting the links on your blog and we hope the pictures brought similar happy memories to those who have seen them, memories we are happy to share with your readers.

    Kind Regards

    Pauline and John
    Manchester UK

  • Pauline and John  On March 23, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Pauline and John:

    Thank you for your e-mail.
    I can visualise your amazement at the jump in hits per day.
    we are experiencing the same growth as we post more and more items that people find interesting.
    The Guyanathenandnow blog has some very interesting articles on MacKenzie and related subjects and we will be linking the website, as well as re-blogging some to those items from time to time.
    I am glad that your pictures have been well received. It is proof that we are serving our purpose of featuring the positive and rich history of Guyana and its peoples.

    Kind regards,

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On March 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Loving the way we Guyanese in the Diaspora are coming together on the Guyanese Online Blog.

    The photos on The Guyana Then and Now Blog were a valuable source of information when writing a scene in my novel set in Mackenzie and Wismar in the sixties.

  • Diana Deane-Yassim  On April 20, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Bring back so much memories of my childhood in Guyana especially seeing the Yong Hing supermarket, that is where my parents worked and we were always part of the Yong Hings family and get together.

  • Charles de Freitas  On November 11, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Simply wonderful to see Georgetown as I remember it as a small boy in the fifties, a young man in the sixties, and now as an unfortunately infrequent visitor. We lived near the cricket ground on North Rd., and I traipsed barefoot through Bourda Market, played in “the Gardens”, wandered the streets of Bartica, explored the bush down the Cuyuni etc., until adulthood intervened… Nothing, however, can take away the fabulous memories and I thank those who have posted these pictures.

  • Paula Taheri (de Freitas)  On November 12, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Are we all so fortunate to have come from such a wonderful place? I do manage to go back every now and then, but even with all the changes there, and now not knowing many people still living there, it warms my heart to be there. Paula

  •  On June 6, 2020 at 11:04 am

    Looking for newspaper news of the beauty pageant in 1961 at Carib Hotel sponsored by peter de Auguiar. My sister Norma Persaud was first runner up in the beauty contest….. would like to see pictures.

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