MAHATMA GANDHI MEDIA AND RESEARCH SERVICE

Chronology of the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi (Ghandi)

1899

1899

January

11

Forwarded to Natal  Government Indian petition regarding licences.

1899

January

21

Addressed to the Press  and public in India general letter calling for urgent attention to Indian grievances  regarding licences.

1899

January

22

Sought, by petition, Viceroy's intervention in regard to Licensing law.

1899

March

(prior  to) 8

Undertook to translate pamphlet on plague precautions for Pietermaritzburg Town Council.

1899

March

11

Communicated with The Times of India and India about disabilities of Indian traders in Rhodesia.

1899

March

20

Contributed to The  Times of India special article on plague panic in Natal, the first of a series by him  on the position of Indians in South Africa.

1899

April

25

The Transvaal  Government ordered Asiatics to remove to the Locations before July 1.

1899

May

17

Gandhi addressed  memorial to Chamberlain regarding Government's steps to enforce Law 3 of 1885.

1899

May

18

Wrote to Colonial  Secretary, Pietermaritzburg, pleading that Bill to amend Indian Immigration law be  modified in interests of indentured labor.

1899

May

27

Sent Wedderburn copy  of memorial of May 17 addressed to Chamberlain.

1899

July

6

Communicated to  Colonial Secretary information about cases of hardship resulting from operation of  Dealers' Licenses Act.

1899

July

15

Called on State  Secretary and appealed for magnanimity towards Indians.

1899

July

20

Waited in deputation  on British Agent at Pretoria and acquainted him with problems of Indians arising out of  law on Locations.

1899

July

(Prior  to) 27

Was interviewed by the Star of Johannesburg about Locations order.

1899

July

31

Demanded,  in petition to Natal Governor, legislation to amend Licensing law and give Indians right  of appeal to Supreme Court against arbitrary decisions of municipalities, Town Councils  etc. in regard to trading licenses.

1899

September

9

Cabled Colonial  Secretary for facilities to Indians to leave the Transvaal, in view of imminence of  British-Boer hostilities.

1899

October

14

Addressed circular  letter to influential people concerning refugees from the Transvaal, pressing for  suspension of deposits and grant of facilities to enter Natal from Delagoa Bay.

1899

October

16

Natal Indian Congress  thanked Government for concessions to refugees.

1899

October

17

Meeting of  English-speaking Indians decided to offer Indians' services to Natal Government on the  outbreak of Boer War.

1899

 

 

Gandhi had medical  checkup by Dr. Prince and was found fit for service in Ambulance work.

1899

October

19

Communicated Indian  offer to Government forwarding list of Volunteers headed by himself.

1899

October

23

Indian offer welcomed  by Government who indicated their willingness to avail of it on suitable occasion.

1899

October

27

Wrote letter to The  Times of India dealing with refugee situation and Indian offer to Natal Government to  serve as stretcher-bearers.

1899

November

1

Circulated among  Indians appeal for donations to Durban Women's Patriotic League Fund, collecting over £60  and himself contributing £3.3.0.

1899

November

18

In letter to The  Times of India, reported at length on the difficulties created by Dealers' Licenses  Act for Indian traders in Natal.

1899

December

2

Wired Colonial  Secretary for details of Ambulance Corps' work and date of start.

1899

December

4

Informed Colonial  Secretary of readiness to leave for front at moment's notice, regretted Government's  tardiness in accepting offer and sent further names of Volunteers.

1899

December

(prior to) 11

Wrote to Bishop of  Natal, requesting release of Dr. Booth for Ambulance work.

1899

December

13

Addressed meeting at  Hon. Mr. Escombe's residence about aim of Indians in volunteering to serve as  stretcher-bearers at the front.

1899

December

14

Left for the front  with Ambulance Corps.

1899

December

15

Corps reached  Chieveley and was ordered to field hospital. Colenso reverse.

1899

December

17

Corps left for  Estcourt.

1899

December

19

Corps disbanded  temporarily.