Tag Archives: Upper Demerara

GONE WITH THE WIND – By Dmitri Allicock + video

Gone with the Wind
[The 1800 home of the Paterson’s of Upper Demerara, Christianburg-British Guiana-]

By Dmitri Allicock

In my heart there lives a special place
For the memory of a dear time and space
A sacred place where my heritage is found
Along Demerara River’s hallowed ground  Continue reading

Childhood Memories Of Pets – By Dmitri Allicock

Childhood Memories Of Pets

By Dmitri Allicock

Dmitri - Pets article

1968- Left to right- Myself and brothers- Yuri, Andrei, Kenrick- Standing is Cousin Kenneth and center of photograph is a most precious puppy called “Dumpling”

Growing up in rural Upper Demerara, I had a least one pet besides me, maybe a puppy, chicken, birds, fish or some young animal that occupied the center of attention. A quick trip through any child’s bedroom will reminds you of the early years when pets dominated your real and imaginary worlds. Lots of toys relate in some manner to animals- music, storybooks, décor, clothing with imaginary critters dominates the world of childhood. Children love pets and enjoy them in any form and for good reasons, it is said.

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The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht – By Dmitri Allicock

The Allicocks’ of Noitgedacht – By Dmitri Allicock

When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth. Alex Haley Author of 1976 Roots

Beyond the populated coastal areas of early Guyana, rivers formed the natural highways, winding inland where undisturbed impenetrable vegetation closes in upon its banks. It was in the latter part of the 1700s that a family of Allicocks sailed 65 miles up the Demerary[1] River and decided to drop anchor at a location called Noitgedacht and would call it home for centuries.

One of the most common names still found in Upper Demerara is Allicock and the story of this family is interwoven within the history of the area and historical Guyana.

The journey of the original Allicock settlers is thought to be originating out of England via the colonies of America, before entering the Caribbean and Demerara. The actual name was also altered from its original form and probably on entrance into America as history appears to point to.      Read More »

John Paterson 1816-1898- The last of his generation – Dmitri Allicock

John Paterson 1816-1898- The last of his generation – Dmitri Allicock 

From a British Guiana Chronicle Newspaper Clipping 1898

The priceless value and meaning of an 1800′  obituary tells many tales of the forgotten times and paints a vivid picture of contemporary life. It testifies to the passing of time, it illuminates, vitalizes memory and brings us tidings of antiquity. The British Guiana Daily Chronicle carried such a death announcement of the last member the Paterson’s family who once held the reign of success and became legend in the early history and the building of British Guiana. This historical newspaper clipping was saved by a descendant of John Paterson and has survived for 115 years.

John Paterson was born the third child of John Dagleish Paterson and Elizabeth Hill at Plantation Christianburg, Upper Demerara in the year 1816. He was the last member of his generation to pass on.   [Read more: The 1898 Obituary of Brandy John Paterson ]

Tribute to Manly VHL Binning 1899-1986 – By Dmitri Allicock

Manly Binning

Manly Binning

Manly Binning is remembered as a great father by his children. He was a brilliant coworker and mentor to the many workers of the bauxite industry in Upper Demerara, Guyana and to all his extended family one of the most important relative that ever lived. Manly was born with many exceptional talents. He was intelligent, creative, imaginative, skillful, ambitious, and very hardworking. Manly stood out as a leader among his peers and is remembered for all his great qualities.

The importance of Manly Binning to his family heritage is sacred. He was one of the few to document and record the lives of his family. He travelled by boat, train or bus to visit relatives where he conducted interviews and recorded by writing down their information and family history. He documented, organized his work, and then protected it for the future generations that can now benefit from this precious information of family heritage.    [Read more: Tribute to Manly VHL Binning 1899-1986 ]

Remembering Dr Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital

Remembering the legendary Doctor Charles Roza of Mackenzie Hospital – Upper Demerara

Dr Charles Roza

       By Dmitri Allicock   for Guyanese Online

The delivery of healthcare in the bauxite mining community of what is now called Linden was once ranked tops in Guyana and around the Caribbean. Free housing for their workers, along with employment, competitive pay, augmented with good healthcare, were among the enormous contributions of the Demerara Bauxite Company {Demba} to the people of Upper Demerara and Guyana. Continue reading

The Special Story of Nancy Allicock (1820-1848) by Dmitri Allicock



 By Dmitri Allicock                                                For the Guyanese Online Blog

The rhythm of life alongside the peaceful and pristine black waters of Upper Demerara holds many secrets of forgotten history of the past two centuries. The story of Nancy Allicock my three times great grandmother is one of those forgotten treasures of antiquity and a lost age.

Nancy Allicock was probable the most recognized and remembered one of the nine children of Robert Frederick Allicock of Upper Demerara and plantations Noitgedacht and Retrieve. Very little personal information have survived and the life stories of the children are now lost to time and the fog of history. Continue reading

The Fortunes of Bauxite – Part 4A – When Bauxite was King

The Fortunes of Bauxite – Part 4A –

When Bauxite was King – Tribute to DEMBA

By Dmitri Allicock   –  Guyanese Online

To ask any resident of Upper Demerara if they knew bauxite, would be like asking a coal miner in West Virginia if he or she knew coal. My father would jokingly say that they could mine his lungs and find quality bauxite there. He served 47 distinguished years with this company. As we reflex on bauxite, I can hear the deafening words ringing in my ears, “you never miss the well until the well run dry”.

 The story of bauxite is the story of Upper Demerara. The decline of bauxite would lead to many families leaving their ancestral homes, as they never did before. Most will never return.    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



By Dmitri Allicock

The once popular and well known 1897 Demerara to Essequibo railway symbolized Upper Demerara and served as a cornerstone in its development before Bauxite dominated. This railway provided valuable and safe transportation for commuters and cargo between Essequibo and Demerara. It was Guyana’s first inland railroad – The Demerara Essequibo Railway (DER).

Hugh Sprostons entry to British Guiana in 1840 saw a dire need for transportation across Guyana’s waterways and its hinterlands. He established steam-powered vessels across Guyana and built Guyana’s dry dock in 1867, where damaged vessels could be repaired and new ones constructed.

Sprostons had steam brigs or vessels plying the Georgetown route as far as Lucky Spot up the Demerara River since the 1850s. They were also other privately-operated vessels of that period. Access up the mighty Essequibo River was a different matter. Navigation was very dangerous due to the many rapids and waterfalls. Many people drowned as they tried to navigate the torrent Essequibo and boats capsized more often than not.  Continue reading