PortCities London

The Goan community of London

Colonial clerks

Imperial civil servants

Poster advertising BISNC services to East African ports, 1901.
View full size imageBritish India Steam Navigation Company East Africa Coast Service. © NMM
The British India Steam Navigation Company (BISNC) employed Goans as clerks at their offices around the Indian Ocean as early as 1874. Sir William Mackinnon, the owner of BISNC, also set up the Imperial British East African Company (IBEAC) in 1881 to administer the trade in the Uganda Protectorate and British East Africa. This link between a shipping company and a trading company eventually led to the growth of the London Goan community in the 20th century.

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