The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - Appendices. 'Detailed Report on the Naga Hills Expedition of 1878-80', Capt. P.J. Maitland

caption: transport and supplies
caption: procurement of coolies
medium: reports
person: Chambers/ Maj.AndersonHendry
person: Maitland/ Capt. P.J.
date: 1880
person: India Office Library, London
refnum: IOR L/MIL/17/18/24
text: He also suggested that Messrs. Anderson and Hendry, coolie contractors, should be asked to house the coolies.
text: The coolies were enlisted very slowly. Dhangurs and Sonthalis were not procurable, even by tea planters. Twenty Bhutias were enlisted, and Major Chambers reports on the 3rd February that renewed efforts were being made to obtain Darjiling men, but the pay offered (Rs.8) was not sufficient. The bulk of the coolies seem to have been men from Allahabad, Dinapur (sic), and other towns in the plains. The pony syces were common coolies who received some little training in Calcutta from Major Chambers before being shipped to Golaghat.