Category Archives: Emigration/Immigration

SWEET DRINK: Wieting & Richter Ltd.: Cold Storage and Ice Depot – By Dr. Vibert Cambridge


In the previous installment, we noted that, as was the case with Josė Gomes d’Aguiar, Carl Wieting and Gustav Henri Richter, the founders of Wieting & Richter Ltd., were in British Guiana to try their luck. They did not come from Portugal. They came from Prussia.

Carl Wieting [Sr.]

At the time of writing, there were few details on Carl Wieting’s early years. There is evidence to conclude that he was born in Prussia in 1843. He died in British Guiana in October 1919 at the age of 76. In his obituary in the Louisiana Planter and Sugar Manufacturers, he was described as “a distinguished citizen, a man of ability and enterprise, [who was admired for] the energy with which he carried out his ideas and successfully developed them during his long career in British Guiana.” His first wife, Christina, had predeceased him. She was 34 when she died in 1888.  A plaque in the crypt in St. George’s Cathedral memorializes Wieting for his “many years as Warden of [the] Cathedral.” Also memorialized on the plaque is Martha, his second wife, who predeceased him in 1918.          Continue reading

EMANCIPATION DAY 2021: ‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – says Former President Granger

People’s National Congress – Message on Emancipation Day 2021

Press statement  – 30th July 2021.

‘Emancipate yourself from mental slavery’ – Former President Granger urges as Guyana celebrates Emancipation Day.

Former President David Granger on Friday urged Guyanese to emancipate themselves from mental slavery and become the drivers for change in their communities and the country.

During his weekly programme, “The Public Interest,” Mr. Granger said that, as the nation prepares to celebrate the 183rd anniversary of Emancipation, that historical event is still relevant to everyday life. He explained that Emancipation set the foundation for political, economic and social changes that transformed the plantations into a nation.          Continue reading

UK: From British Guiana to Bristol – 90-year-old reflects on life after Windrush

Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country

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Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country
Eileen Polis arrived from then British Guiana with very little – but she became an influential and respected member of several Bristol communities as well as one of the first Caribbean nurses at Southmead Hospital.      Continue reading

GUYANA: History: The Chinese in Guyana


This brief feature on the Chinese which has been edited, was first published by the Stabroek News on January 9, 1988.

The presence of new Chinese immigrants among us is often remarked upon. They are, however, merely the latest wave in a continuing story of immigration to this country. January 12, 2013, marked the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the first Chinese in Guyana.

The first 647 Chinese were brought into the colony of British Guiana in three ships during 1853. The first boat to dock on January 12, 1853 was the Glentanner, carrying 262 passengers from Amoy. These were distributed amongst the plantations of Windsor Forest (West Coast Demerara), Pouderoyen (West Bank Demerara) and La Jalousie (West Coast Demerara),  while one lone soul was sent to Union in Essequibo.        Continue reading

GUYANA: President Ali removes Haitians from list of visa-free nations

Haitians and Cubans in Bon Fim. Brazil – arrested by Federal Police (file photo)

President Irfaan Ali has withdrawn the automatic six-month stay of Haitians on arrival in Guyana, now resulting in nationals of that former sister-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) having to get visas here.

The order, which  is dated June 22, 2021 and signed by President Irfaan Ali, removes Haitians from the list of nationals who can enter this country without visas. His order revokes the Immigration Order 2019 is revoked.    Continue reading

Guyana SPEAKS – THE OTHER WINDRUSH – Plantation Indentureship – Sunday 27th June 2021 at 2pm -UK


This month’s Guyana SPEAKS is inspired by a recently published book, THE OTHER WINDRUSH.  Edited by Dr Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen and Prof David Dabydeen, it is a series of biographical essays, poems and articles on members of the Windrush Generations whose heritage links them to the system of plantation indentureship.

We are delighted to confirm that this month’s SPEAKERS include the editors as well as some of the anthology’s contributors: Elly Niland, Mr Gee, Gordon Warnecke, Lainy Malkaini, Nalini Mohabir.            Continue reading

USA: Central American refugees are a product of past genocide and recent atrocities – By Mohamed Hamaludin

  – By Mohamed Hamaludin

In the 100 years after Christopher Columbus landed in what became known as the Americas in 1492, so many indigenous peoples died that it affected the climate.

Ninety percent of the 60 million natives perished from warfare and diseases which accompanied the invaders, taking 212,000 square miles of land out of farming. Trees that subsequently grew absorbed enough carbon dioxide to cool the earth by 0.15 degrees Centigrade, producing a “Little Ice Age” around the globe, University of London scientists Alexander Koch, Chris Brierley, Mark Maslin and Simon Lewis reported in 2019.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Most Regions Remain Flooded; G$10B (app $US 45M) in funding planned to address flooding

Guyana Map showing Regions


Despite a respite in some areas, floodwater remained at significant levels in most of the country’s regions yesterday as authorities continued to mobilise help for victims.

Residential and farm lands along the riverine villages in regions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are the worst affected and the respective Regional Chairs have concluded that these communities will face economic hardships in the coming months as the floods have decimated the livelihoods of many.

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New York City: Co-naming of Liberty Avenue gives Guyana and Guyanese recognition

-Diaspora key to Guyana’s development – -Foreign Secretary

Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, New York was co-named ‘Little Guyana Avenue’ at a simple, but significant ceremony on Saturday.

Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr. Robert Persaud, said the event gives recognition not only to Guyana, but to the contributions US citizens of Guyanese descent have made to transform the area from a depressed community into a thriving commercial and residential area.        Continue reading

VIDEO: The largest Immigrant Groups in Canada (By Country of Birth): 1990 -2020

The largest Immigrant Groups in Canada (By Country of Birth)

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