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Historic Bourda

This ward of the city derives its name from Joseph Bourda who purchased this area which later became his estate. In 1876, this ward was reorganized by  the Vlissingen Commissioners who were appointed by the government to analyze the claims made by many persons who claimed to be the heir of Joseph Bourda.

Like many parts of the city the streets of this ward reflect the rich history of  Guyana. Charlotte Street was named in honour of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.  Alexander Street was named to commemorate the Czar of Russia Alexander I. Wellington Street was named after the Duke of Wellington. King Street was named in honour of  King George III. Bourda Street was named after its founder Joseph Bourda. South Road,  was known as Love Lane,  it was a footpath that was named in accordance with its geographical position as the southernmost street in this ward. Oronoque Street and Orange Walk derive their names from dams that were planted with Oronoque and Orange trees.

The Bourda Cemetery. The first  cemetery  in  the   city  of Georgetown  was a privately owned cemetery, a part of the Plantation Vlissingen owned by Joesph Bourda. Many of the tombs date  back  to  the early 19th century and many of the prominent  peoples  of  the  colonial era such as John Patoir, William Booker and the Bagots are buried there.


The National Art Gallery, Castellani House. This large  wooden  building was designed by Cesar Castellani. It was once the residence of the Director of Agriculture in 1888.  In  1965 the building  was converted as the official residence by Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham,  then  Prime  Minister  of British Guiana. In 1993 the inaugural collection of the Art Gallery was held.


The Botanic Gardens. The Government purchased 184 acres of the old coffee estate Vlissingen from    Joseph Bourda for the purpose of establishing a   Botanic  Garden  and  station.

A  loan  of $50,000.00 was raised for the purpose of  laying out the gardens and to purchase the site. At  first  a  board of directors was appointed to advice on the proceedings but this board was soon dissolved in 1893 and the supervision devolved on the superintendent.









Housed in these gardens are a the Seven Ponds Monument and the Mausoleum a tribute to the    nation's heroes. Sir David Rose, Governor General        of British Guiana and former president Mr. Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham are amongst those buried there.


The Kissing Bridge is another noteworthy feature of the Botanical Gardens.




The Zoological Park. This park exhibits a variety of the flora and fauna of Guyana. The first attempt to establish a Zoo dates back to 1880, but the members of the Royal Agricultural Society were opposed to the idea. However in 1952, the Zoological Park was declared open.



The Bourda Cricket Club. This is the oldest cricket ground in the Caribbean. The headquarters of the Georgetown Club are also housed there. The ground has been the venue for many exciting games between international and local cricket teams.




Dargan House, the office of The Guyana National Commission for Unesco is a splendid example of the traditional colonial architecture. Constructed circa 1880 this building has the distinct heritage of bearing the name of its occupant Patrick Dargan a liberator for the working class against the plantocracy.




The Ministry of Agriculture, this stately wooden building is yet another example of the distinctive wooden architecture of the city's heritage.



St. Barnabas's Church was  built  in 1884 as  a  place  of worship for the district of Bourda. Many changes were affected as time evolved including the addition of a steeple and  a Chapel of Corpus Christi in 1926.




Bourda Market,  originally  built  in  1880  it  was   soon reconstructed in 1902 to accommodate a growing number of vendors and consumers of this ward of  the city. Today  this market is the focal point for many commercial activities in the city.





To conserve, preserve and promote the nation’s patrimony so that the present and future generations will access and enjoy the richness of Guyana’s heritage.

National Trust of Guyana
94 Carmichael Street
South America.
Tel: (592) 225-5071
or (592)-223-7146
Fax:  (592) 223-7146