The Fiji Museum - Virtual Museum

Girmit

The first ship from India, the Leonidas, arrived with 463 labourers on board on 15th May 1879. Between 1879 and 1916 more than 60,000 Indians landed in Fiji bound for girmit – an agreement of five years indentured labour. At the end of five years many chose to remain in Fiji and make it their home. This Gallery tells some of their story.