History of the Postal Service in Guyana

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History of the Postal Service in Guyana

 By Dmitri Allicock

The French during their occupation in 1782 established the first postal service in historical Guyana. ‘They announced that a ship will sail for France eight or ten times every year by which anyone can send a letter to other countries.

With the dawn of this age of instant internet communication and gadgetry it is easy to forget centuries of the Postal Service of Guyana which was once regarded as an essential instrument of nation building that adapted very well to serve alongside radio, telegraph, telephone and changing technology.   

No post office existed prior to the unification of the colonies of Essequibo, Demerara and Berbice in 1831 to form British Guiana. Mail infrequently arrived by ships of the Dutch West India Company andthough no postage was charged, a fee of one guilder was required upon delivery.


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  • Deen  On May 29, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Dmitri, thanks for another informative article about the history of the postal service ifrom the early days prior to British Guiana.
    You have written so many educational articles covering all aspects of Guyana. I’m always appreciative that you continue to share so much of your knowledge and material about the history, ecology, and geography of Guyana.
    I hope someday you’ll compile all your writings with your precious photographs in a book. I’m sure it will be a best seller.
    Again thanks for educating us and best wishes for success in all your endeavors. You are indeed a very special Guyanese.

  • Dmitri Allicock  On May 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Bless you Deen!

  • C A.Griffith  On July 6, 2018 at 8:01 am

    Thanks for your continued sharing of more Historical information. It should be noted, after the the unification of the colonies of Essequibo, and specifically during the days of WWII (1939-1945),Mr. Oscar Ethelbert Smartt and his older brother Freddie of Bartica (gateway to the Potaro) operated a mail service established by their father Francis. They transported mail and cargo to the Upper Mazaruni District, Potaro, Kurupung and Issano before giving up the mail service to Mr.Eugene F. Correia. Mr.Oscar Smartt was a boat-builder by profession (1914-2017) .

    • Dmitri Allicock  On July 6, 2018 at 8:24 am

      Thanks C . A Griffith

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