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Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

Celebrating 180th Anniversary of Indian Arrivals Day in Guyana 

By Vidur Dindayal

 It is truly wonderful that we are celebrating Indian Arrivals Day. We say thanksgiving prayers to our forbears who suffered and toiled to make a good life for themselves and for us who follow them. We thank them for clearing the path and building a home for us to live and prosper in Guyana, in the new world, far away from mother India.

180 years ago our ancestors first set foot in Guyana. The first batch, 249 in all, sailed from India in the SS Whitby on 13 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on 5 May 1838 after a voyage of 112 days. The first landings were 164 passengers at Highbury, East Bank Berbice. The SS Hesperus with 165 on board sailed from Calcutta on 29 January 1838 and arrived in Guyana on the night of 5 May 1838.       Continue reading