The 1860 Heritage Centre in Derby Street recently opened to the public, with Northwood Art teacher of 16 years, Selvan Naidoo as the curator. Selvan has spent the past two years conceptualising, designing, sourcing artifacts and memorabilia, and researching archival information for this vital resource on the history of marginalised people in South Africa. Of particular importance to him is the permanent exhibition: The Story of Indenture 1860 – 1911.
“We are hoping the 1860 Heritage Centre becomes a haven of interest not only for locals, but tourists, and not only for Indians but for people of all walks of life.
“We want to highlight the Indian indentured contribution to the country. The centre will cater for those who want to learn about their past and their family history, and will appeal to others interested in getting an understanding of the Indian arrival in South Africa and the progress made over the years.”
We congratulate Mr Naidoo on this wonderful achievement.