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76 Many of these Chinese artisans arrived from India, on the ships bring74 75 76 MA RA 837 Police Report, 11 Dec. 1845. MA RA 798 Petition of Atave & Aoury, 1 April 1845. MA RC 26 Petition of Athion, 11 Feb. 1839. the chinese in the colonial labour diasporas 45 ing indentured workers. ”77 The toing and froing of another group of Chinese familiar with the island—as traders—was thus instrumental in knowledge transfer among migrant groups of Chinese on the Indian Ocean littoral. 81 These observations are the more valuable, because the Chinese artisan in Mauritius would not prove to be such an enduring phenomenon as the Chinese shopkeeper and hawker.
Thus, another suggestion that Chinese convicts be employed in Mauritius was rebutted in 1849. L. 69 An additional contingent of Chinese workers was received in 1853, in unusual circumstances. , Iles de l’Afrique, L’Univers. Histoire et description de tous les peuples, 1848, p. 61. , Etude sur l’Emigration et la Colonisation, Paris, 1875, p. 215. 67 MA PA 1 Colonial Secretary to Protector of Immigrants, 9 Jan. 1844; PB 1 Protector to Colonial Secretary, 28 Aug. 1843. , Les Derniers Negriers, Amiot, Paris, 1952, p.
31 These isolated islands were particularly chosen as being far from other plantations where labour was supplied by slavery. Farquhar’s next step was to apply to Sir Stamford Raffles, then Governor of Java, “to send to this island, by every favorable occasion, Chinese labourers, from the overflowing population of that nation, at Batavia”. Meanwhile Telfair planted provisions, cotton, spice and coconut trees, awaiting the arrival of his labourers. When the Chinese workers arrived at Mauritius, they were initially installed at Farquhar’s residence on Reduit, pending their distribution among the various planters.