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YEAR’S END- 12 Poems – By Dmitri Allicock

YEAR’S END- 12 Poems

By Dmitri Allicock

years end

Merry finches sing and waters run

Passage of time, year almost done

Curtain closes and memories dwell

Yesterday shadows, we bid farewell

Bless each other with a fresh start Continue reading

The Diaspora is a diminishing Phenomenon – By Hubert Williams


    By Hubert Williams

Boston, Massachusetts — Nostalgia is a constant repetition of a lived experience; so few children based outside of their parents’ home country and who have not really shared their parents’ past should be expected to feel as fervently as their parents do about the “homeland”… so, with each succeeding generation, I expect that the fervour about “our home” will be increasingly depleted, as will the flow of “remittances”, barrels and sundry packages which have helped considerably to sustain relatives during those parlous times in Guyana approaching the end of the last century… and even up to now.

What applies to Guyana is as well the experience of Barbados and other Commonwealth Caribbean countries where the human flow outwards followed Independence, burgeoning economic stringencies and social challenges – not the least of them being corruption, crime and violence.  Continue reading

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hiraeth – By Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

Hugh Yearwood

I treat my own bouts of hiraeth by writing about my experiences as a child growing up in Guyana. I was fortunate to travel and work in the interior and luckily kept an irregular journal during the years 1980-1981. I left Ebini Ranch in 1983 to study veterinary medicine in Poland where I have remained since. Here is my second story.

This article attempts to explain my feelings of “Hiraeth”.

“I am, more importantly however, a permanent resident of the human race and no matter where I go, I’d like to think that I will always belong.” Says Tricia Yearwood in her article, “What It Means To Be A Guyanese Emigrant”

Wise words to end this honest and, at times, soul tearing piece on how leaving the old country is only really accomplished physically. I know this ache intimately that she writes about “…my eyes began to ache with the same disconnect …”. I became very familiar with this constant feeling of ‘ache’ and ‘disconnect’ during the 31 years that have passed since I left Guyana. Continue reading

Sail on R.H. Carr – By Dmitri Allicock

RH Carr

Sail on R.H. Carr

By Dmitri Allicock

  Demerara voyagers travelling Inland River trail

From coastal Georgetown to tranquility we sail

Rough muddy waters and wide river mouth

Narrowing valley with smoother waters of the south

Laughter and waving children from second class

Read more:  Sail on R.H. Carr -By Dmitri Allicock  ( Leave comments on the Dmitri Allicock Blog)

The Overseer of British Guiana – by Gaiutra Bahadur

The Overseer of British Guiana

By Gaiutra Bahadur | Published in History Today Volume: 64 Issue: 1 2014  – Empire South America

In 1861 a young clergyman’s son arrived in British Guiana to oversee a sugar plantation. Over the next 30 years Henry Bullock’s letters home caught the texture of life in a remote backwater of Empire – though they don’t tell the whole story, as Gaiutra Bahadur explains.

New Amsterdam

The main street in New Amsterdam, of which Anthony Trollope wrote in 1860, ‘three persons in the street constitute a crowd’. Getty Images/Popperfoto     Continue reading

Cricket: Belated Happy Birthday To Clive Hubert Lloyd

 Belated Happy Birthday To Clive Hubert Lloyd

By Dmitri Allicock

Clive Lloyd

Clive Lloyd

Born August 31, 1944, Queenstown, Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana now Guyana, was a former Guyana and West Indies cricketer.

In 1971 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relinquished in the latter half of the 1990s.

He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time with a record of 74 test captaincy and 36 wins.   Read More »

Games Kids Used To Play – by Peter Halder

Games Kids Used To Play

by Peter Halder

 The pastime games for kids in Albouystown and maybe elsewhere in Guyana in the 1940s were unique and unusual. They were the legacy of custom and culture. Four such that were popular were Zootal, Mariddle, Cush and Cock-a-Delo.


Zootal was a game played with sticks. It was played with 2, 3 or 4 players. The first thing was for each kid to obtain two slender sticks about a half inch in circumference. Sapodilla, mango, genip, guava or other fruit and non-fruit tree limbs of that circumference were sought  One long limb was just what the doctor ordered. Its leaves and stems were plucked off. The limb was then broken to provide two pieces, one about five inches long and the other about two feet. Next, a round hole about five inches in diameter was dug in the open ground of a yard.           Read More »

This is just one of many  historical articles on Guyana written by Peter Halder that will be published on Guyanese Online.  You can read them all at Peter Halder’s website:  http://peterhalder.wordpress.com/

The Pattersons of Christianburg – by Dmitri Allicock



By Dmitri Allicock

 The reign of business alongside the peaceful Demerara River was once held firmly for almost a century by one of the most successful families that ventured where so many others failed. The Paterson’s family accepted the enormous challenges of 1800’s frontier life and became legendary in the early history and foundations of British Guiana.

“These rivers know that strong and quiet man
Drove back a jungle, gave Guiana root
Against the shock of circumstances, and then
History move down river, leaving free
The forest to creep back, foot by quiet foot
And overhang black water to the sea.”           

 It was in the early 1800s that Scotsman John Dagleish Paterson {1775-1842} settled at Christianburg, Upper Demerara and founded the family concerns which grew to be one of the most noteworthy and prosperous in British Guiana. He was of the trios of Britons known in the history of the district as Three Friends, who arrived together to settle in Demerara as the colony capitulated to the British in 1803. The three men, Paterson, Spencer, and Blount, established themselves separately on estates on the Upper Demerara.       Continue reading

Barbadian Migration to British Guiana,1840-1960 – by Frederick Alleyne


This entry was inserted a year ago on February 29, 2012. We have re-blogged it for those who have not seen it. Quite interesting!!!

Originally posted on Guyanese Online:

UWI Cave Hill, Barbados – HISTORY FORUM

 on Friday, March 2nd at 4:30 pm

in the New Bruce St. John Room  [located in the Humanities Quadrangle]

 Mr. Frederick Alleyne  will present a paper entitled:

“Barbadian Migration to British Guiana,1840-1960: The Search for ‘El Dorado'”


Guyanese migration to Barbados and other Caribbean territories in the 20th century is now the subject of much debate but the reverse was the case in colonial times when British Guiana was the destination of thousands of Barbadian and West Indian workers. The debate on migration during the 19th century on the issues of national economic development of the countries that sent the migrant and those that received them are not that different from the present discussion. In a recent speech to the local Chamber of Commerce Hon Mia Amor Mottley, M.P former Leader of the Opposition, Barbados Labour Party, stressed the potential…

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Our Collective History – commentary

Our Collective History

Stabroek News – January 4, 2013 – Editorial – Comments

President Donald Ramotar’s statement in his New Year’s message that the 250th anniversary of the Berbice Slave Uprising, the 175th anniversary of Emancipation and the 175th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in Guyana “are significant to all Guyanese,” is most welcome.

And if we might permit ourselves a burst of New Year’s optimism, we would like to think that the President’s affirmation that these anniversaries “must be used to allow us to foster a greater understanding of ourselves and a deeper appreciation for each other” might even hint at a resolution of the controversy surrounding the location of the 1823 monument.   Continue reading


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