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Farmer's cottage

Indian farmer's cottage, Rewa. Life was slightly better for free Indians, both those who came as free immigrants and those who finished their term of girmit and chose to remain in Fiji, however, those of Indan descent were still considered the lowest level of society in the colony. Most free Indians became farmers, finding their own land and building their houses. Land was leased from indigenous Fijians, or later from the CSR, and most planted sugar cane. Groups of farmers formed themselves into gangs to harvest their cane. Other free Indians continued to live in the labour lines and worked on nearby plots of land or on plantations.

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