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Dr. Roger Austin's 'Guyana History' website Materials

Guyana History - Some Books and Records

The late Dr. Roger Austin maintained a website of the above title until his death in October 2007.   He was an accomplished genealogist and researcher and will be greatly missed. We have been asked to present the material from his website here to continue his wish to share his data.    The files are in PDF format, requiring the free Adobe Reader which can be downloaded here.

Sugar Estate Employees:
The persons listed in the following files worked on the sugar estates in Guyana. The lists may be of interest to genealogists and family historians.
Partners and Clerks     |       Sugar Estate Engineers

Book List
     List:    List of titles, authors, publishers and year of publication of books on diverse aspects of Guyana history and culture.

Personal Memoirs:

  • My Memoirs: The Memoirs of Elsie Smellie who was born and lived in Georgetown, Guyana.
        This memoir is well-written and is a rivoting read.

  • The Hundred Days:   An account of the voyage from Georgetown to England, 29 October 1944
        to 6 February 1945 on the S.S. Arabian Prince, by Elsie D. Smellie.
        Mrs. Smellie undertakes a dangerous and difficult journey with her two children in tow.

  • Plantation Albion: a Childhood Memoir, 1930-1939 Boyhood recollections of Bruce Watson at
        Plantation Albion, Berbice and Georgetown, Guyana

Be sure to read these other Memoirs online:

  • Memoirs of Hector Lachmansingh, of Bush Lot, Berbice.
  • Memoirs of Peter Halder who grew up in Albouystown in the 1930-1940s....
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