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A Day In The Life Of…Williamsville

A Day In The Life Of…Williamsville

The community derived its name from the owners of the lands on which the indentured labourers settled.

This was after they had moved out from the barracks when their contractual obligations were completed.

In 1948, lands under sugarcane cultivation and part of Williamsville Estate were converted into a housing settlement called Kumar Village.

Before that time though, people settled along the Guaracara Tabaquite Road and Williamsville had 3 small settlements: Obeah Hill, Yankee Dam and Sirju Village.

Going back to 1901, the Road which passed through Williamsville was already paved with oil sand and on both sides, sugarcane fields.

Animals would draw carts up and down the steep road which was later graded down about 10 feet to make it easier for the animals.

One of the first persons to live in the first house in Williamsville was Bhagat, from India.

Some of the popular family names in the area include Jugoon, Dhanpat, Ramoutar and Ramkhelawan.

Close to one of the areas known as Jugoon Avenue, was once a coal mine which had collapsed and killed about 9 people.

It was eventually closed but later when it was ploughed to cultivate sugarcane; coals came to the surface and mixed with the earth.

There was also a huge pond near the mine which was subsequently covered.

Even as Williamsville slowly developed with houses far apart from each other, there was a lot of land to accommodate livestock and cultivation of food crops, including rice.

Residents were poor but while living conditions were tough, they were happy.

In the hilly areas of Williamsville were sand rocks which would be transported to the main road where they would be sold to contractors for crushing into fine sand and building roads.

It came into the spotlight with the establishment of the Railway network connecting San Fernando to Princes Town.

The train brought cargo and mail.

In those days, the sugarcane industry reigned supreme and hundreds of acres of coffee and cocoa were destroyed.

As for sports, cricket was and is one of the main outdoor activities in the area and to this day, the game continues with numerous tournaments.

Over the years, the community has seen much development with numerous businesses being set up.

Some residents continue to do farming, with the majority of them being small-scale farmers.

Williamsville comprises of persons from different ethnic and religious backgrounds but still maintain that family atmosphere.

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June 12th, 2017

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