History of the Postal Service in Guyana – By Dmitri Allicock

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History of the Postal Service in Guyana

By Dmitri Allicock

The French during their occupation in 1782 established the first postal service in historical Guyana. ‘They announced that a ship will sail for France eight or ten times every year by which anyone can send a letter to other countries.

With the dawn of this age of instant internet communication and gadgetry it is easy to forget centuries of the Postal Service of Guyana which was once regarded as an essential instrument of nation building that adapted very well to serve alongside radio, telegraph, telephone and changing technology.   

No post office existed prior to the unification of the colonies of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice in 1831 to form British Guiana. Mail infrequently arrived by ships of the Dutch West India Company andthough no postage was charged, a fee of one guilder was required upon delivery.  [Read more]

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  • Kenneth Ramchand  On 05/30/2014 at 1:46 pm

    Not a comment but a question for Dmitri Allicock:

    I enjoy your articles and find them interesting and useful .
    I am wondering if you can help me with some things in Mittelholzer’s My Bones and My Flute.

    i. Was there a ‘Berbice Timber and Balata Company’ in BG in the 1930’s? The steamer referred to in the novel is the actual one and I was wondering whether the commercial group referred to was actual or a modification of a company that existed at the time. I am looking also to trace a possible prototype of the ‘Mr Nevinson’ in the novel.

    ii. In A Swarthy Boy , EM refers to an older man who introduced him to Yoga and Eastern philosophy when EM was about 19. No name is given. Jacqueline Ives also refers to this influence without giving a name. Is there any way of identifying this person?

    Sincerely, Kenneth Ramchand

    If you are able to reply, please contact me at:


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