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Title:'A man of keen perceptive faculties': Aboobaker Amod Jhaveri, an 'Arab' in colonial Natal, circa 1872-1887
Author:Vahed, GoolamISNI
Year:2005
Periodical:Historia: amptelike orgaan
Volume:50
Issue:1
Pages:49-73
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Natal
Subjects:immigrants
Indians
entrepreneurs
social life
colonial period
1870-1879
1880-1889
biographies (form)
About person:Aboobaker Amod Jhaveri
Abstract:Indians arrived in South Africa in two streams. Between 1860 and 1911, a total of 152,184 indentured labourers were introduced into colonial Natal mainly to work on the sugar plantations. This initial flow was supplemented by entrepreneurs from Gujarat (India), who began arriving from the early 1870s. They were termed 'passengers' because they migrated outside of official arrangements between the governments of India and Natal. They came voluntarily at their own expense and were subject to the ordinary laws of the colony. The businessman and trader Aboobaker Amod Jhaveri is generally regarded as the first passenger migrant of Indian origin to settle in Natal. His stay was short but he made a significant religious, economic and social contribution to Indian life. This short biography of Aboobaker serves as a lens through which to view the migratory experiences of early traders, their association with indentured Indians, networks among traders and relationships between passengers, white settlers and colonial authorities in South Africa in the 1870s and 1880s. In 1886, Aboobaker returned to India, where he died in 1887 at the age of 35. Notes, ref., sum. in English and Afrikaans [ASC Leiden abstract]
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