New insights into South African Indian history

2010 marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers to the then colony of Natal. A lecture on the history of these workers entitled, Indentured Indian Workers on the Plantations of Natal and Beyond: 1860 – 1911, was recently presented at the University of Cape Town by Associate Professor Goolam Vahed, of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Department of Historical Studies.

In the lecture, Vahed, co-author (with Dr Ashwin Desai) of Inside Indenture: A South African Story, 1860 – 1914, used photographs, official documents and letters from the late 19th century to elucidate the experiences of several indentured Indians who came to South Africa in search of work to give a more nuanced view of South African Indians during this period.

A podcast of this lecture is available at:

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One Response to New insights into South African Indian history

  1. Patrick April 6, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    The book Inside Indian Indenture A South African Story, 1860-1914 is available as a free download from HSRC Press:

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