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The Fortunes of Bauxite – Part 3 – Negatives to Remember


 By Dmitri Allicock  –  for Guyanese Online

 It is important to remember that there were some very unpleasant things that occurred with the Demerara Bauxite Company. The people of Upper Demerara were immediately tied to this industry in every manner. The bauxite plant, nearby community and some mining areas were either built or obtained illegally on Allicock’s and Paterson’s land, like the mining area at Plumba, Christianburg.

Two plants had to be built to process bauxite and later Alumina. The Bauxite and later Alumina plants were constructed. An entire town was needed and built for the mining of bauxite. Homes, schools, hospital, clinics, roads, drainage and other infrastructure, the Mackenzie Sports Club, a public pool, railways, and pretty much every aspect of an entire town. Demba did just that in the wilderness 65 miles up the Demerara River.          Continue reading

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.   Continue reading

The Fortunes of Bauxite – Part 5 – Summary of Bauxite


 By Dmitri Allicock – for Guyanese Online                

Dmitri Allicock

The influence of this industry on the people of Upper Demerara and Guyana as a whole was extremely significant. An entire town revolved around this industry and was ultimately tied to its success or failure.

Bauxite is not gone. The bauxite resources of Guyana are still being mapped and the ore mining potentials are still, to some extent, not fully known. What has changed is that the bauxite industry has drastically declined from what it was.

I can hardly write about bauxite and Linden and skip over some significant events that occurred with the Bauxite Industry and Guyana. Guyana’s aspiration to join the third world family  of independent nations was successful with independence from Britain in 1966. The journey to political maturity was complex and difficult.    Continue reading

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