Discussing the living conditions of the Girmitiyas

I  have read a lot of literature by historians, and came across the writing of JW Burton through books and articles written by, Dr Brij Lal, Andrew Thornley, Ken Gillion, Dr Ahmed Ali, Rajendra Prasad (NZ), Dr Satish Rai, and Thakur Ranjit Singh.  This discussion is based on the works of authors/historians mentioned here and [Read more…]

Indentured Labourers – Women

Excerpts from the “Girmitiyas: The Origins of the Fiji Indians”  book by Dr. Brij Lal, Professor of History at the Australian National University  Women INDENTURED women, especially those in Fiji, unwittingly played a very large part in the movement to abolish the indenture system. The Indian public had for a long time been aware of [Read more…]

Why Girmit

Excerpts from the “Girmitiyas: The Origins of the Fiji Indians”  book by Dr. Brij Lal, Professor of History at the Australian National University  Women INDENTURED women, especially those in Fiji, unwittingly played a very large part in the movement to abolish the indenture system. The Indian public had for a long time been aware of [Read more…]

Share, Treasure and Respect

The Girmitiyas who left India between 1879 and 1916 most likely did that in search of a better life, many hoped to get away from Indian famines that ravaged the country in the 19th Century; while others were tricked into a better future by the Recruiters. They left in groups of family members, while some [Read more]

14 May 2014

14 May 2014, it has been 135 years, and we pay tribute to over 60,500* Girmitiyas, of Fiji. A day to reflect, respect and honour the thousands of people who came to Fiji between 1879 and 1916 in the 87 voyages from Calcutta and Madras. [Read more]

14 May 2012

14 May 1879, a labour transport vessel, Leonidas disembarked at Levuka, Fiji from Calcutta, after nearly 72 days at sea, carrying 463 people, they were the first Indians who arrived in Fiji under the British indenture system. [Read more]