May 14, 1879: Leonidas docked in Levuka carrying 522 indentured Indian workers from Calcutta

Leonidas with Captain McLachlan on board, sailing from Calcutta (now called Kolkata) on March 3 (1879). The ship Leonidas arrived in Levuka, and the First group of indentured labourers had arrived from Calcutta.

All in all 87 vessels, carrying indentured labourers came to Fiji over a five year period. t took the ships some three to six months to sail to Fiji, passing Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia. And so on May 14, 1879, the Leonidas docked in the port of Levuka carrying from Calcutta a human cargo of 522 indentured workers, the first in a fleet of 87 similar vessels that eventually would introduce from the Sub-Continent over 60,000 indentured workers

ETHNIC COMPETITION AND THE FORGING OF THE NATION STATE OF FIJI By John E. Davies Acadia University Nova Scotia. Professor and Head, Department of Economics . Site accessed, 2004. http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:wHQw6g8yc9YJ:ace.acadiau.ca/econ/Staff/Davies/Guyana%2520paper.7.doc+1879+Leonidas+calcutta&hl=en&client=safari

 

The ship Leonidas arrived in Levuka, and the Þrst group of indentured labourers had arrived from Calcutta. All in all 87 vessels, carrying indentured labourers came to Fiji over a Þve year period. t took the ships some three to six months to sail to Fiji, passing Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

And so on May 14, 1879, the Leonidas docked in the port of Levuka carrying from Calcutta a human cargo of 522 indentured workers, the Þrst in a fleet of 87 similar vessels that eventually would introduce from the Sub-Continent over 60,000 indentured workers19 ETHNIC COMPETITION AND THE FORGING OF THE NATION STATE OF FIJI

By John E. Davies*

Acadia University

Nova Scotia

*The author is Professor and Head, Department of Economics http://66.102.7.104/search?q=cache:wHQw6g8yc9YJ:ace.acadiau.ca/econ/Staff/Davies/Guyana%2520paper.7.doc+1879+Leonidas+calcutta&hl=en&client=safari

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