Guyana Then And Now

Mackenzie Photos

Jimb from Flickr has some new photos of Mackenzie.

Watooka House on Demerara River 2008, Watooka, MacKenzie, Guyana

My Old House 2008 (photo JimB on Flickr)

MacKenzie Post Office 2008, MacKenzie, Guyana

MacKenzie Post Office 2008 (photo JimB on Flickr)

Christianburg Water Wheel 2009, Christianburg, Guyana

The famous Christianburg Water Wheel 2009 (photo JimB on Flickr)

Linden Restaurant Heng Fung's 2009, Linden, Guyana

Downtown Linden 2009 (photo JimB on Flickr)

Ferry across the Demerara River, 2009, Linden, Guyana

Ferry across the Demerara River, Linden, 2009 (photo JimB on Flickr)

2009, Downtown Linden, Guyana

Downtown Linden 2009 (photo JimB on Flickr)

Market Linden 2009, Guyana

Market Linden 2009 (photo JimB on Flickr)

MacKenzie Map 2008, Linden, Guyana

Best MacKenzie Map 2008 (photo keith4709 on Flickr)

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  1. I must say a very big thank you to the person who posted these photo, My Dad was a goldsmith in Wismar at the corner of 1st ally beside Dutchie boat landing, i love my mackenzie we uses to live in cara cara i also was working with the Bauxite compaany working at the Rail Road, i went back to Mackenzie in 2009 for a visit, and just to find that that was the end of the Rail road i had once worked and drove Locomotive 4040 and 4041, i cried my eyes out and my heart bleed for the bueatiful place i worked, those days are long gone and cannot come back.
    Thank you again.
    Alfred Ramdharry

    Comment by Bhimsain Alfred Ramdharry — May 30, 2010 @ 5:32 pm | Reply

    • I am happy to see the old pictures my cousin Alfred, I lost contact with you, growing up in Rainbow City was a great and excited experience for me, I will not forget where I came from, hope to make contact with you.. Herbie

      Comment by Rev. Ramdharry — April 7, 2011 @ 3:29 am | Reply

    • are you alfred of linden do you know Robbie bhagwandass

      Comment by robbie — January 7, 2017 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  2. That Locomotive was 2040 and 2041

    Comment by Bhimsain Alfred Ramdharry — May 30, 2010 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  3. I love this town called LINDEN for more than one reason,but above all for its SAFETY and genarous people that live’s here,its sad though of what linden have become from what my parents told me and what iv’e researched on my own,these pictures are down rite KOOL but i plan on doing more to see that more gets done,yes! it is possible,we have alot to showcase here in LINDEN and its time we do so,cause if we dont no one will for us so lets get craking LINDENESR’S,enough is enough.OK PLACES TO SHOWCASE(THE RIVER VIEW INTERNATIONAL HOTEL OUR NEW AND IMPROVED CRESENT PLAZA THE MASIVE INN HOTEL,THE MACKENZIE HOSPITAL COMPLEX THE L$L NIGHT CLUB AND THE ENTIRE OF AMELIA’S WARD) which is the LARGEST houseing scheam in GUYANA and our ever so faithfull BUXITE COMPANY,WOOOOOOOOOOOOO, its still smoking ya’ll.

    Comment by Timeka Webster — August 26, 2010 @ 7:32 pm | Reply

  4. hi all i worked on a ship called ESSEX it was moored up at Mackenzie waiting to load. she broke her stern mooring ropes and went sideways across the river does anyone have any information or photos, it was in 1959.
    it was my fault i had been ashore had to many beers and fell asleep on watch, i still remember. it was 12.00 4.00 watch, hope someone can help, regards mike

    Comment by mike kelly — September 10, 2010 @ 3:49 am | Reply

    • Hello, Mike!
      Maybe I can help you. I was a Norwegian sailor in 1967/68 on that river, loading bauxite for Port Alfred, Canada. I have some photos I would like to show you.
      MV “Sunrana” for Saguenay Terminals. You were waiting for the high water and a lot of nice ladies met you there in their kanos for selling you bananas…..

      BR Eirik Okland

      Comment by eirik okland — November 10, 2011 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  5. That Linden Market pix is priceless!

    Under chicken:
    Foot
    Necks
    Giblets
    And dey mek sure foh tell yuh de beef fresh.
    lol

    Comment by Brent "Ferdinand" Whinfield — January 25, 2011 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  6. That house – the first picture looked like the house I lived in – in the early 60’s. Good memories

    Comment by Jane Macdonald — May 7, 2011 @ 7:58 pm | Reply

  7. cool photos

    Comment by Sophie Avery — December 8, 2011 @ 9:57 pm | Reply

  8. Cool Mackenzie photos!

    Comment by Sophie Avery — December 8, 2011 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

  9. Is Charles Corbin still the Commissioner of Elections and did he attend Mackenzie High School in the 70’s

    Comment by Barbara Johnson — August 30, 2012 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  10. Hi,
    I was a boy in Mackenzie, and attended Watooka Day School. We left in 1967, and I will always remember those as being some of the most fun in my life. Dad was Jerry Gale if any one remembers us.

    Comment by John Gale — September 5, 2012 @ 4:00 am | Reply

    • Hello John. Your Dad’s name rings a bell. Did you have an older sister and did your family live in those five brick two-story houses along the river across from the farm? I too left the country in 1967 (for Montreal) from Georgetown. And, contrary to what I’ve been saying about not being able to go back, guess what?
      I will be returning next month for ten days, touring with Jane Macdonald and some of the Whicher family. We will be eight in all. Can hardly wait. Morale of story: never say never! Hopefully the recent trouble in “Linden” will have settled down so we can get there too. Why is there always trouble in that place?!
      A “shout out” also to Ayesha London who has written today to Burnett Halder. I miss her father’s e-mails very much; to pass away from appendicitis these days is hard to bear for those left behind. Best regards to the family he left behind. I was reading on the internet today about an earthquake/tsunami in Costa Rica and hope neither will be of consequence.
      Greetings all.
      Pat Hunte-Cusack

      Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — September 5, 2012 @ 6:12 pm | Reply

      • Okay, so there was a typo. “Morale” should of course be “Moral” …

        Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — September 7, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

  11. Yes, I did have an older sister and brother; Diane and Charles. We lived in the very last house by the river, and moved to the top of Richmond Hill later. How exciting for you to be going back. Have a great time and say hi to the place for me.

    Comment by John Gale — September 11, 2012 @ 2:08 am | Reply

    • Sure will, John. Hi to Diane and Charles if they remember me!

      Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — September 11, 2012 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

  12. I am so impressed with these photos, I was born in Guyana, Belmonte Mahaica migrate to Trinidad in 1985 an guess what ?Ihave never been to Linden will love to visit some day beautiful photos

    Comment by britishguyana — December 16, 2012 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  13. Nice pictures. I worked as doctor at linden hospital in early 80.

    Comment by Adil — January 27, 2013 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  14. I was down in Linden in 2005, cousin of John Gale, nephew of Jerry Gale working at the plant restoring the rotating furnaces.
    My name is Gary Verhelle. My uncle worked on the Mackenzie Wismar bridge when he was with Alcan.

    Comment by Gary Verhelle — August 20, 2013 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  15. Hi a big hello to every one in SIivertown, i left Guyana in 1969 so i remember those beutiful pictures My daddy was a dock master, i still have my beautiful mother who went back to live with the rest she is 92 i love our town BIG UP THE ZARS, GOD bless all of you all J C.

    Comment by joyce — October 13, 2013 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  16. the 1st pic with the house in watooka belongs to my uncle now ans believe me linden has changed drastically over the years

    Comment by aurielle melville — December 30, 2013 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

    • Dear Aurielle – On a one-day visit to Linden last October, I asked our driver to stop at 110 Riverside Drive which is where my family lived for a number of years in the ’60s before moving on to Demba’s Head Office in Georgetown. Happy memories! I think the photo must be the house that now belongs to your uncle. There was someone working there and I asked him who owned it then and he said it belonged to a retired couple. He let me have a quick look around under the house and I noticed a few changes. I understand that the Evan Wong family lived there too. Bob Wong started this website. Great! Happy New Year everybody.
      Pat

      Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — December 31, 2013 @ 2:33 pm | Reply

      • Yea he and my great aunt are the retired couple he was also a co founder for the jaycees(hope I got it correct) mashramani earlier.. I’m much younger than most people here so from the pics I’ve seen show a lot of changes some good and some bad.. Guess that happens with modernisation

        Comment by aurielle melville — January 30, 2014 @ 8:27 am

  17. I noticed that the flower beds my father had installed are still there though.
    Pat

    Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — January 31, 2014 @ 1:34 pm | Reply

    • Re visit. For the record, not last October, but October 2012.
      Pat

      Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — January 31, 2014 @ 1:38 pm | Reply

  18. Went to Linden in October 2012 with Pat Hunte-Cusack and was so shocked at the state of the homes, roads, and general (non) upkeep of the whole environment. A new school and the yard for the children to play in, was full of garbage. I was so sorry to have had my memories of Mackenzie “dashed”. It made me cry.

    Comment by Jane Macdonald — April 28, 2014 @ 2:44 am | Reply

    • Have always wanted to go back to show my husband where I grew up but after reading your post, I may not. I am sorry to hear of the deterioration of Mackenzie-Linden. Sandra Allison(nee Glenn)

      Comment by Sandra Allison — November 17, 2016 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  19. My dad is Bill Cook and was with Sprostons as the Manager of the Shipping Dept for almost 20 years . He was in charge of the RH Carr and most of the things to do with the Demerara river. He is in his 90s now and had a stroke. The family was transferred to Canada in the early 70s

    Comment by Chris — March 10, 2015 @ 1:36 am | Reply

    • My name is Alan Greenwood.My family lived in Mackenzie for a year in 1960.What an experience for Londoners ! My photo album features a pet monkey Chico and a sloth.memories are rich-first taste of a mango,seeing a sloth,our jolly housemaid Anita,an expedition into the jungle with Land Rovers and rifles,the smell of the Market shed,swimming at the local club,digging at the end of the airstrip because dad said pirate treasure was there,pictures of dad with a captains cap on theRH Carr.Dad was a plasterer working on the construction of houses for the Canadian bauxite company(Sprostons?)Another English family the Prices were close friends.A treasured memoir of those days is a stuffed Cayman alligator! An Indiana Jones return someday features on my bucket list! Does anyone have more details on the club or market?

      Comment by Alan Greenwood — August 29, 2015 @ 7:58 am | Reply

      • Hello Alan. In 1960 I was at school in Lingfield, Surrey. Could be that your Dad was helping to build the new, more modern houses on Richmond Hill up from the farm. You would not recognize Mackenzie now. Seems like you’ve got good memories. The bauxite company was Demba (Demerara Bauxite Company, Limited) a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alcan Aluminium Limited headquartered in Montreal, which has since been sold to Rio Tinto who now no longer use the name Rio Tinto Alcan. Wonder if the Alcan foil brand name will remain. Sprostons was also a subsidiary. No comments on the club or market except to say I hope you can return as I did a few years ago. Be prepared to be shocked though. A eco-tour would be well worth it. Best wishes, Pat Hunte-Cusack, Ontario, Canada

        Comment by Pat Hunte-Cusack — September 3, 2015 @ 2:02 pm

  20. Hi all,

    I am looking for my family roots which go way back to Mackenzie… Familyname “Nabie” my Grand-grandfather was fromthere… Would like to know if any relatives are left there..

    Comment by snabie — September 18, 2015 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  21. McKenie, later renamed Linden, was a mere mining enclave up the Demerara River. Its growth from back in the early 1900s was the result of bauxite development, and when bauxite declined – in conjunction with bad national political decisions – the community also declined. I was born at theMcKenzie Hospital in 1958. Dr. Charles Rosa was the primary doctor of the 60s and the hospital had an excellent reputation for health service delivery. Midwives were revered. I can go on and on about the important role the Alcan-owned Demba played in McKenzie’s development with the potential to become more than just a bauxite mining community. And while many of us can wax nostalgic about our memories of a once beautiful community, we must remain hopeful that all is not lost as Linden can now become an economic hub linking the capital of Guyana to the heartland of Guyana and even Brazil via Lethem. The vision is needed to accomplish the mission.

    Comment by Emile_Mervin — December 5, 2015 @ 2:04 am | Reply

    • Hello Emile – I was born in the same hospital as you & also delivered by Dr. Rosa! My family was there in the early 50’s, my dad worked for Alcan overseeing the bauxite mine. We returned to B.G. in 1960 for several weeks and were travelling with a journalist (George Hunter) who did an article the Montreal Star weekend magazine – I can try & dig out some of the photo’s if you’re interested?

      Comment by Claudia Devaney — September 27, 2016 @ 5:35 am | Reply

  22. BIG NOLD PARK HIPPANI OVAL MACKEZIE BRITISH GUYANA.
    this was the last address of my brother MR Bernard wright in 1966 50 years ago.
    he went to work at a bauxite co in1964 from England last correspondence 1966.
    family mystery as anyone any information on this person thank you.

    Comment by mr k wright — June 30, 2016 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  23. Does anyone have a picture of the Mackenzie Hospital from the 40’s? Please post it I would love to see the building my Aunts and Mom talk about. They were training there.

    Comment by teltailtanzi — December 22, 2016 @ 5:35 pm | Reply


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