Truro (ship)

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General characteristics

Truro was the ship from Madras carrying the first 342 indentured Indian laborers to arrive in Port Natal (present-day Durban) on 16 November 1860. The second group of 342 arrived in Durban on board Belvedere from Calcutta 10 days later. Indian laborers were recruited to work on sugar plantations by the South African government. In 2011, on the 150th anniversary South African government announced plans to launch a series of postal stamps to commemorate this.[1]

A third ship, Umlazi, arrived in 1911. Passenger lists have been made available online.[2][3]


  1. ^ "South Africa remembers Indians with postage stamps". Times of India. 30 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-12-01.
  2. ^ "Ship Truro". Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  3. ^ "Ship list". Gandhi-Luthuli Documentation Centre. 1911-07-11. Retrieved 2011-12-08.[not in citation given]

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