He was one of the founders of the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) in 1920, a labour leader, as well as the one who started the Home Rule League in Belgaum in 1916. He was also a close associate of Lokmanya Tilak, and in fact was the one who coined the statment "Swaraj is my Birthright", mad infamouse by Tilak. He also assisted Tilak in starting the Sarvajanik Ganpati.
As a labour leader, he took up the cause of mill workers and postmen etc.
He joined the civic body Bombay Municipal Corporation in 1901 and worked for 17 years.
He was undoubtfully a religious person, but refused to let politics use religion. And though his community, the East Indians, being staunch Catholics could have benefitted, he refused to have separate electorates based on religion. I thoroughly disapprove of separate electorate for Indian Christians in water-tight compartments were his strong words.
Joseph Baptista Gardens also known As The Mazagon Gardens, is just walking distance from the Dockyard road station.
He died in 1930.
Revd. Fr. Cyril Alick DAbreo
Revd. Fr. Cyril Alick
DAbreo, Bandra, Bombay Suburban District. Born
Below mention article on Rev. Fr. Cyril D'Abreo has been transcribed from the archives of BEIA (BEIA Golden Jubilee)
Rev. Fr. Cyril Alick DAbreo holds a place of distinction in the galaxy of distinguished East Indian clergy. Noted for his zeal, and devoted to the spiritual, economic and educational welfare of his people, Fr. DAbreo is held in high esteem by the clergy and the laity of the Archdiocese. His has been a life of service and sacrifice entirely devoted to the spiritual and temporal advancement of the East Indians of Bombay, Suburban Districts.
Fresh from the Seminary, Fr. DAbreos services were first
requisitioned in the distant
The outstanding achievement of Fr. DAbreo at Koli-Kallian has been the building of the Vancola Chapel and the School. He toiled long and ceaselessly in building the Chapel and the School, actually begging for contribution from door to door. That Chapel and School stand today as a monumental example of his self-sacrificing zeal and fervour. In spite of the many difficulties and discouraging circumstances that were confronting him, Fr. DAbreo succeeded in collecting over twenty thousand rupees towards the building of the Chapel and the School. And what was even more discouraging, the fund were exhausted before the completion of the buildings. In view of the approaching monsoon Fr. DAbreo readily and generously gave a loan of Rs. 5000 to the roofing.
Fr. DAbreo was then, transferred to Nirmal, Bassein, where he merited simultaneously the unstinted appreciation and friendship of the large Hindu and Muslim communities of that place and broke the barriers of enmity and distrust between the Christians and non-Christians.
Jos. Alex Dias
Jos. Alex Dias, B.A., B.
SC., LL.B., Advocate, Journalist, Justice of the Peace and Attorney-at-Law,
Bombay High Court,
Dr. D. A. DMonte
Dr. D. A. DMonte, M.D.,
L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S., F.R.I.P.H., F.C.P.S., L.M. & S., Honorary Presidency
Magisrate, Justice of the Peace, Knight of
Dr. DMonte is an outstanding leader of the East Indian Community and has rendered invaluable services to his community. He is President, Bombay East Indian Association, Catholic Medical Association, Salsette Co-operative Land Development Society, Catholic Co-operative Credit Society, and Salsette Catholic Housing Society , and President and Trustee of D. Antonio DSilva high School Dadar. Several Catholic associations and public institutions receive ungrudging and free services of Dr. DMone.
DMontes services to the City of
was a member of the Legislative Council of His Excellency the Governor of
Bombay from about 1911 to 1916. As a Justice of Peace and an Honorary
Presidency Magistrate he served Government under circumstances of great
difficulty during riots in
recognition of his numerous services to his community His Holiness the Pope
Pius bestowed on Dr. DMone the great honour of the Knight of St. Gregory the
Great. Dr. DMontes activities are as varied as they are of a cosmopolitan
nature. He was one of the Vice-Presidents of the
had the honour of being presented by the Secretary of State for
Dr. Mrs. Cecella DMonte
Dr. Mrs. Cecella DMonte, L.M. & S., F.C.P.S., J.P.,
Honorary Presidency Magistrate, a recipient of the Silver Jubilee Medal, a
prominent social worker, and wife of one of the well known Catholic leaders,
Dr. D. A. DMonte, M.D., J.P. She was born on
Dr. DMonte of Bandra in 1900. She was appointed 2nd physician to
Dr. Mrs. DMontes name is also well known in the social circle. Her services during the last World War were noteworthy. She formed a Committee of catholic ladies who were able to collect nearly Rs. 20,000 and to obtain 1,228 gifts and sell 3,630 Lucky Bag tickets. For these services she received a souvenir and a letter of thanks from Her Excellency Lady Willingdon. She was appointed on every committee organized for War relief work.
DMonte was President of the Catholic Ladies Association and of Bombay
Presidency Womens Graduates
donated Rs. 16,000 for quarters for House Surgeons at the
Ceasar DMello, honorary Magistrate, Andheri, was born in 1882. He comes from an ancient land-owning family of Salsette. After finishing his education at St. Xaviers College, he joined the Royal Insurance Company in 1901 where by steady and intelligent work, he rose to the position of Accountant and official Superintendent. After long and meritorious services of 34 years Mr. DMello retired in 1936, and the Company accorded their high sense of appreciation for this excellent work by giving him a farewell address and presenting w silver salver.
From a very
early age Mr. DMello took keen interest in matters connected with his
community, as also in public life, particularly of the Salsette District. In
1918 Government nominated him on the District Local Board,
Mr. DMello was a nominated member of the School Board of the Bombay Suburban District and in 1922 was elected President of the Suburban Local Board . The Collector, in his review of the administration of the District Lacal Board for 1932-33 said, The Services of Ceasar DMello deserve to be mentioned as of special value to the district for the year under report. In 1933 his administration of the District Local Board was praised by Sir Frederick Sykes, the then Governor of Bombay.
During the Non-Co-operation movement, Mr. DMello rendered useful service to Government in maintaining peace and order in his district. During the Silver Jubilee celebration Mr. DMello took a very leading and active part in his district and he collected Rs 1,200 in Andheri.
DMellos services to his community are most noteworthy. As Treasurer, Bombay
East Indian Association, for 6 years, he collected large donations for the
benefit of the institution. During the influenza epidemic in 1918 he collected
Rs. 1,000 for the relief of the community in Salsette and Bassein. He has
exerted himself unflaggingly for the economic welfare of his people. He had
been an Advisory Secretary to the Co-operative Society of Bandra, and was Chairman
of the Co-operative Society at Andheri. He wa also Vice-President of the
Bomaby Indian Educational Society . He
was also Vice-President,
Dr. J. Alban De Souza
Dr. J. Alban De Souza,
B.A., L.M. & S., Captian, I.M.S., J.P.,
J. D. Fonseca
J. D. Fonseca, Head Bailiff
and Custodian of the Court of Small Causes at
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