Indians Pietermaritzburg, Church Street

This image – which I have just bought – shows the people that Gandhi represented after he arrived in South Africa in 1893 to serve as legal counsel to a merchant, Dada Abdulla.

But he soon got caught up in representing Indians – first in Natal, where they were about to be robbed of the right to vote, and then in the Transvaal.

By the mid 1890’s there were 35,411 Indians in Natal, about 6% of the population.

Here we see a group of Indians on Church street: two men, three women and three children. They appear to have wicker baskets of goods to sell. They are most likely to have arrived as indentured labour, but perhaps by this time they had become merchants.

You can find another blog I wrote about Gandhi’s campaigns here.