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The Jordanites – By Peter Halder

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

The Jordanites

by Peter Halder

 Colonial Era

Religion played a fundamental role in the British administration of its colony of British Guiana.

It was most probably the policy of the British that in a multiracial country with many races- African, East Indian, Chinese, Portuguese, the indigenous Amerindian, European and their inter-mixtures- and with different cultures and religious practices, the foundation, growth and spread of the Christian religion, could and would convert, indoctrinate, assimilate and unite the many races into a united nation. The colonialists went further. They recognized that the older generation was probably beyond conversion, indoctrination and assimilation, so their policy was to focus on the children, the new generation.

Churches dotted the landscape of Georgetown and environs, as well as the countryside.    Continue reading


Gingerbeer With A Difference

Guyana Stories by Peter Halder

Gingerbeer With A Difference

by Peter Halder

Fr Jeremiah Holyoak of the Church at Hunter Street and Punt Trench Dam, Albouystown,  made it his duty during the Christmas Season to visit his parishioners on Boxing Day.

He finished house calls on La Penitence Street and moved on to Bel Air Street. Between James Street and Sussex Street, he came to a cottage in which lived a single mother Rachel Adams and her son Timothy. The pair attended his Church Services every Sunday morning. They were there on Christmas morning.

Fr Jeremiah rapped on the light blue wooden door.

Timothy opened the door and smiled.

“Good morning Father, how are you today?” he said.

“I’m fine thank you Timothy. I am here on my usual Christmas visit to members of my congregation. Is your mother at home?” replied Fr Jeremiah.    Continue reading

Peter Halder’s First Book – The Cat of Muritaro

Peter Halder’s First Book – The Cat of Muritaro

Peter Halder‘s first book, The Cat of Muritaro, has just been published by Franklin and Franklin Publishers of New  York.  Please see  attachment: THE CAT OF MURITARO

The Novel   set in Guyana is a collection of eight incredible stories of the supernatural:

  • The Cat of Muritaro –  A supernatural being injects fear into  an entire settlement on the Upper Demerara River. 
  • Deadly 13 –  The tragedy of a boy whose love for playing in the Le Repentir Cemetery caused his demise. 
  • The Massacuraman –  Rekindles the lore of the infamous river creature, half man and half fish.                
  • Ol’ Higue –  A vividly portrayed tale of one that lived in Albouystown.
  • Obeah Woman –  One of the few  women that conducted Black Magic business for profit many years ago. 
  • The Dwarf of Christianburg –  Tale of a man who arranged to be transformed at death and who employed a similar ritual for his wife when she died.
  • The Flower From The Grave –  Recounts an incident at a funeral and the tragic repercussions.
  • Devlin The Devil –  Story about an evil boy who lived an evil life which the hangman’s noose ended.

Ordering Information:

The cost per copy is US$10.99, plus handling and shipping charges.

The Novel can be purchased online at Amazon website.  Access amazon.com and type in the request space the name of the author Peter Halder, or the name of the book The Cat of Muritaro, or the ISBN number which is ISBN 978-0-9884987-0-9 

Peter’s full-length Novel, The Resurrection, also set in Guyana,  should be released some in November or early December 2013.



Nostalgia: Henry Street, Werk-en-Rust – updated


by Peter Halder

Henry Street in Werk-en-Rust is a short street. It is only one block long. It extends from Princess Street on the south to Durban Street on the north. It is sandwiched between George Street on the east and Smyth Street on the west.

A denizen of Non Pareil Street, Albouystown (vide my Nostalgia: The Street Where I lived: Non Pareil Street, Albouystown), I became familiar with Henry Street in the late 1940s when I met and became a close and lasting friend of Carl Agard. I joined him in Scholarship Class at St. Stephen’s Church of Scotland School at the junction of St.Stephen, Princess and Adelaide Streets, Charlestown. We would go swimming often at clay, the parloff or other parts of the Punt Trench or explore the mangrove area on the bank of Demerara River at Ruimveldt, next to Art Williams Transport offices.   Continue reading

Nostalgia: Wismar/Christianburg/Upper Demerara River – updated

NOSTALGIA….Wismar/Christianburg/Upper Demerara River -updated

by Peter Halder

Christianburg was my home from 1957-1960. The time I spent there is still etched in my memory. It was an unenviable and unforgettable experience of what living in a mining area was like, especially when everybody knew everybody, and the males greatly outnumbered the females.

Christianburg was part and parcel of the Wismar-Christianburg- Silvertown- Silvercity- Wismar Hill area on the left bank of the Demerara River, opposite the then booming bauxite mining town of Mackenzie, now Linden. It was the District Administration centre for the Upper Demerara River District that extended from Kamuni Creek opposite and Princess Caroline adjacent to Atkinson Field, now Cheddi Jagan International Airport, southwards to Cannister Falls and the border with Brazil. An estimated 30,000 people lived in the Mackenzie -Wismar-Christianburg-Silvertown-Silvercity-Wismar Hill area.     Continue reading

On the Street Where I Lived – Updated – by Peter Halder


by Peter Halder

I was born, grew up and lived for many years on a virtually unknown street in Guyana.

It’s name is Non Pareil Street and it’s in Albouystown. My family consisted of my father and mother, Ershad and Mary Halder , three brothers – Bonnie, Felix and Vernon, all of whom have passed away, and two sisters – Leila and Bernice. My niece, Olivia (Livy) Kissoon later came to live with us. She now lives in Toronto, Canada. Her Mom Leila had migrated to Trinidad, then England and now lives in Cyprus. Bernice now lives in Orlando, Florida.

Albouystown is the long, narrow southern suburb of Georgetown, often called a “slum area” due to its “long ranges” of one room homes, some thickly populated “yards”, latrines for the use of landlord and tenants and to a minor extent, crime.      Continue reading