This is an intriguing story by a Guyanese man, Peter Halder, who grew up in Albouystown in the late 1930’s and the 1940’s. …. you would find it very interesting reading … it brings back many memories of Guyana of old… Here is the conclusion to his story:
A man is not always defined by where he was born or the circumstances of his birth. I became a journalist, District Administration Officer, Licence Revenue Officer, Chief Information Officer, Ambassador, Commonwealth Expert, Consultant-Government of Fiji; Consultant to Fiji’s Mission to the United Nations, received the Order of The Nile (Third Class) from Egypt, travelled to over 60 countries and lived in quite a few.
My family and I now live in Springfield, Virginia, U.S.A. I am retired.
Growing up in Guyana in my young days was paradise and Non Pareil Street and Albouystown, wonderland.
ON THE STREET WHERE I LIVED – in B.G.
by Peter Halder, (E-mail: email@example.com)
former Guyana Ambassador, Commonwealth Expert, Consultant to Fiji Government.
I was born, grew up and lived for many years on a virtually unknown street.
It’s name is Non Pareil Street and it’s in Albouystown, Georgetown, Guyana.
My family consisted of my father and mother, Earshad and Mary Halder , three brothers – Bonnie, Felix and Vernon, all of whom have passed away, and two sisters – Leila and Bernice.
My niece, Olivia (Livy) Kissoon later came to live with us. She now lives in Toronto, Canada. Her Mom Leila had migrated to Trinidad, then England and now lives in Cyprus. Bernice now lives in Orlando, Florida.
Albouystown is the long, narrow southern suburb of Georgetown, often called a “slum area” due to its “long ranges” of one room homes, thickly populated “yards”, latrines for the use of landlord and tenants and to a minor extent, crime.
It is bounded on the north by Sussex Street and the Sussex Street trench, on the east by Callendar Street, on the south by Punt Trench Dam and the Punt Trench and on the west by La Penitence Public Road and Market. It’s north to south width is only two blocks and straddling the middle from east to west is James Street.
Callendar Street, proceeding west, is followed by Garnett Street, Campbell Street, Curtis Street, Non Pareil Street, Cooper Street, Victoria Street, King Edward Street, Albert Street, Bel Air Street, La Penitence Street, Barr Street, Albouys Street, Hill Street, Hogg Street and La Penitence Public Road.
During the late 1930’s and the 1940s, Albouystown was sparsely populated and Non Pareil Street, moreso. The ‘”yards” were large so there were not many between Sussex Street and Punt Trench Dam.
My father came from India but my mother was born in Essequibo.
… read full story in this attachment…> ON THE STREET WHERE I LIVED