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Launching of book - Flat island: A History of Quarantine in Mauritius
October 25, 2018

Launching of book - Flat isla ...

In line with its mandate, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund is conducting research on indenture and its heritage to document the experience of indenture in Mauritius in the perspective of world history. Since several years, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund has focused on the former quarantine station of Flat Island, an islet located 12 km off the north coast of Mauritius. This site contains the remains ...

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November 02, 2015

181st Anniversary of the Arrival of the Indentured ...

The 181st Anniversary of the arrival of the indentured  labourers in Mauritius was commemorated at the Aapravasi Ghat on 2nd Nov 2015.   The commemoration started at 10.00 hrs with a wreath laying in memory of indentured labourers who passed through the gates of the Aapravasi Ghat. The following dignitaries laid a wreath by the steps of the Aapravasi Ghat:   • Hon Charles Gaëtan Xavier-Luc Duval, GCSK, Acting Prime Minister    • Hon Showkutally Soodhun, GCSK, Vice-Prime Minister,  Minister of Housing and Lands   • Hon Ivan Leslie Collendavelloo, GCSK, Vice-Prime Minister,  Minister of Energy and Public Utilities   • Hon Santaram Baboo, Minister of Arts and Culture   • Hon Paul Raymond Bérenger, GCSK, Leader of the Oppositio ...

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August 25, 2015

Visit of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, Presi ...

The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund was honoured to receive His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana during his state visit to Mauritius on Tuesday 25 August 2015. H.E. John Dramani Mahama visited the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre and the World Heritage Site. He also laid a wreath in memory of the indentured labourers who passed through the gates of the Aapravasi Ghat.        

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Celebration of the International Day for Monuments and Sites
April 18, 2015

Celebration of the Internatio ...

On Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2015, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund celebrated the International Day for Monuments and Sites. In total, 1,015 visitors took part in the activities organised at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site including:- Guided visits of the newly open Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre; - Guided visits of the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site; - Educational A...

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Visit of His Excellency Narendra Modi,Prime Minister of the Republic of India
March 16, 2015

Visit of His Excellency Naren ...

​ His Excellency Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, visited the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site on 12 March 2015 in the context of the 47th Anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius. In his message he wrote:  “I am honoured to have the opportunity to pay homage to the brave Aapravasis who left India’s shores nearly two centuries ago. Aapravasi Ghat is an eloquent tri...

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02
Nov
Start Time:Nov 02, 2018|Category: Public

Contemporary Art Exhibition “Visions of the past”

The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund is presenting an exhibition reflecting on our past in the context of the 184th Anniversary of the arrival of indentured labourers in Mauritius and the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Mauritius.   As an emblematic place for Mauritian history and heritage, the World Heritage Site presents the art installations of the following Mauritian artists:   Mala Chummun Nalini Gopaul Sultana Haukim Nirmal Hurry Alikhan Khodabaccus Neermala Luckeenarain   Prizes will be awarded to the three best works of art during the National Commemoration of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius on 2 November 2018.   The Contemporary Art Exhibition ...

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02
Nov
Start Time:Nov 02, 2018|Category: Public

Official Ceremony - Commemoration of the 184th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius

​ ​ On the occasion of the 184th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Indentured Labourers in Mauritius an Official Ceremony will be held at the Aapravasi Ghat on 2nd November 2018.   The official function will comprise:   a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of indentured labourers who passed through the gates of the Aapravasi Ghat; cultural performances; and the launching of a book.   The Chief Guest will be Hon Vijay Kumar Choudhary, Speaker of the Bihar Legislative Assembly and President of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Bihar Branch. ​ ​   ...

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27
Oct
Start Time:Oct 27, 2018|Category: Public

Exhibition on Indenture “Indenture in Mauritius: History and Heritage”

​ The Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, The Municipality of Quatre Bornes in collaboration with the National Heritage Fund, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, the National Archives and the National Library are organising an exhibition on indenture and its heritage to be launched on Friday 26 October 2018 at Quatre Bornes by the Hon. Prithvirajsing Roopun, Minister of Arts and Culture, and Her Worship, Mrs Soolekha Jepaul Raddhoa, Mayor of the Municipality of Quatre Bornes.   This exhibition, which presents salient stages of indenture in Mauritius through archival documents and Mauritian heritage, will be at the Reception Hall of the Municipal Council of Quatre Bornes ...

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21
Dec
Start Time:Dec 21, 2017

Exceptional Closure

  EXCEPTIONAL CLOSURE The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (AGTF) wishes to inform the public that the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site and the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre will be exceptionally closed on the following days: -          Friday 29 December 2017 as from 12:00 (noon); -          Saturday 30 December 2017. The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund apologizes for any inconvenience caused. May you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on 217 77 70 or by email aapravasi@intnet.mu   FERMETURE EXCEPTIONNELLE L'Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (AGTF) souhaite informer le public que le Site Patrimoine Mondial et le Centre d’Interprétation Beekrumsing ...

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03
Oct
Start Time:Oct 03, 2016

BRIC will be exceptionally closed on Sat, 08 Oct 2016

The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund (AGTF) regrets to inform its esteemed visitors that due to maintenance works, The Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre (BRIC) will be exceptionally closed on Saturday, 08 October 2016. The AGTF apologizes for any inconvenience. ...

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Introduction to Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site


The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, remains of an Immigration Depot built in 1849, is located in Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius, where the modern indentured labour diaspora began.

The Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site was inscribed in 2006 under criteria VI as:

“The first site chosen by the British Government in 1834 for the great experiment in the use of indentured rather than slave Labour, is strongly associated with memories of almost half a million indentured labourers moving from India to Mauritius to work on sugarcane plantations or to be transshipped to other parts of the World.” (World heritage Committee Decision 30COM 8B.33)