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Usually attributive, often in the phrase passenger Indian.An Indian immigrant of the merchant class who came to South Africa independently, and not as an indentured labourer.See also Arab.
1907V. Lawrence inBhana & PachaiDocumentary Hist. of Indian S. Africans 23Your petitioner is a passenger from India, resident in the borough of Durban, and is anxious to obtain a letter of exemption declaring him exempt from the operation of the laws affecting Indians.
1961Z. MayatIndian DelightsThe Gujeratis who alighted as ‘free’ or ‘passenger’ Indians, were on a higher economic rung.
1969F. MeerPortrait of Indian S. AfricansFree or passenger Indians as they came to be called, followed in the wake of the indentured to Natal. But white colonists became alarmed by the competition offered by these merchants.
1981N. Aiyer inStaffriderVol.3No.4, 5Some were indentured. Others were passenger immigrants. They came and they..toiled and they slaved.
1994F. Meer on Radio South Africa 21 Aug.As well as the indentured labourers there was a very small community of what they called passenger Indians, people who had come to South Africa to try their luck.