Cover of the Mirror of British Merchandise magazine, 1893
Lascars Collage featuring lascars at work and in their lodgings on shore, Illustrated London News, 190606 E nlarge Lascars’ working conditions were hard, leading some to jump ship and settle in British ports. They were the earliest Asian working class in Britain. A lanternslide of the Head Lascar posing on the deck of a P and O Linerer E nlarge Ayahs Asian nannies, known as ayahs, played an essential part in the lives of British families in India. Families returning to Britain often brought ayahs with them to take care of the children on the long sea voyage. Highly experienced and resilient women, some ayahs travelled between both countries several times; for example Ms Antony Pareira made the journey on 54 occasions. The Ayahs Home in Hackney East London, London City Mission Magazine, 192121 Christian charities were concerned for the welfare of the abandoned ayahs, leading to the founding of The Ayahs’ Home for Indian and Chinese Nannies, opened in Hackney in East London in 1900. The home provided refuge for the ayahs, finding many of them new placements with families travelling out to India. Run by the London City Mission, it had 30 rooms, and housed around 100 ayahs each year. The discomfort of the court led to several attempts to malign his character, as the above letter by Lord ShareThis
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