By Marina Carter, James Ng Foong Kwong
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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.
On a few occasions they were considered to be the victims rather than the instigators of the disorders. For example, in August 1841, Le Bigot, the manager of one estate, was condemned to pay two Chinese £1 each, as damages in an assault case. In another case, fifteen Chinese workers on Daruty’s estate complained of brutality on the part of the Manager, Mr Chenaud. One man claimed that three of his teeth had been knocked out. 55 A group of Chinese who arrived in September 1841, made a complaint even before having signed any engagement.
51 British writer, Walter Besant, working in Mauritius as a college professor in the 1860s, provides an unusual insight into the atmosphere aboard a clipper taking a cargo of Chinese labourers to Trinidad, when he made a visit to the ship’s captain while the vessel was docked at Port Louis: The quarter deck was defended by four small cannonades loaded with grape; the captain’s cabin had a fine stand of arms; every sailor carried a weapon of some kind; every officer had a revolver and could use it.
Abacus and Mah Jong: Sino-Mauritian Settlement and Economic Consolidation (European Expansion and Indigenous Response, V. 1) by Marina Carter, James Ng Foong Kwong