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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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Cheque of MUR 526,500 from Mauritius Telecom Foundation
March 08, 2015

Cheque of MUR 526,500 from Ma ...

​ On 27 February 2015, the CEO of Mauritius Telecom, Cherry Singh, invited the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund at the 11th Cheque Presentation Ceremony for institutions and NGOs being supported by Mauritius Telecom Foundation.   The function took place in the presence of Hon Pravind Kumar JUGNAUTH, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, and Hon Prithvirajsing ROOPUN, Minister of Social...

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11
Nov
Start Time:Nov 11, 2015

Exhibition on the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Reunion Island

​An exhibition on the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site will be presented in Reunion Island in the context of the commemoration of the arrival of indentured labourers.The exhibition will be inaugurated on 11 November 2015 and presented as from 10.00 at Le Lazaret no.1 at La Grande Chaloupe, Reunion Island. ...

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03
Nov
Start Time:Nov 03, 2015

Temporary Exhibition at Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage

​"HANGING HISTORY: dress of Indian Female immigrants in the 19th century" This exhibition is the result of a research project conducted by a team of historians, artists and students, funded by the University of Mauritius in 2013. The team has analyzed the pictures of the immigrant women taken at the Aapravasi Ghat, former Immigration Depot, and still kept in private collections. The purpose was to document a rich and disappearing heritage in order to foster pride in this legacy and encourage enterprising in this craftsmanship forming part of our identity. The exhibition will be presented at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site from 3rd November until 6 December 2015.   ...

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23
May
Start Time:May 23, 2015|Category: Public

International Day for Museums

In the context of the International Day for Museums, the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre and the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site will be open on Saturday 23 May 2015 from 9.00 to 20.00 hrs. Please download the press release for more information or contact us on 217 7770 or by email outreach.agtf@intnet.mu. INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR MUSEUMS.pdf ...

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18
Apr
Start Time:Apr 18, 2015

International Day for Monuments and Sites

In the context of the International Day for Monuments and Sites, the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund is organizing activities on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 April 2015 from 9.00 hrs. to 16.00 hrs. Educational activities and tales for children, guided visits of the World Heritage Site and heritage walks will be proposed. The meeting point is Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site. The team of the AGTF will be happy to celebrate the International Day for Monuments and Sites with you! Communique de presse.pdf Press release.pdf ...

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16
Jul
Start Time:Jul 16, 2014|Category: Public

Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Property Buffer Zone (AGWHP BZ) Consultative Committee

​The Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund organised a Consultative Committee on 16 July 2014 to mark the 8th Anniversary of the inscription of the Aapravasi Ghat on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Consultative Committee aims at presenting the progress of work on projects and informing the local community of forthcoming events. This year, the programme was as follows: (i) Presentation on AGTF Projects (2013 – 2014) by Ms C.Forest, Head Technical Unit, AGTF.(ii) presentation by Dr K.Seetah- “An overview of archaeological research on Indenture in Mauritius”; and(iii) Launching of AGTF website by Hon M.Choonee Minister of Arts & Culture. Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014 Time: 15 00 hrs Venue: ...

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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)