batch of Goans came and lived in the Garri-Khatta and Camp Areas (Saddar).
They lived in houses, quarters and small rooms in an area that was
getting 'congested' with a few thousand people. By 1926, a group of
well-off Goans decided that it was time to 'move-out' to the outskirts
of the city and a handful of enterprising and adventure-seeking Goans
moved to what was referred then as the piggery. These included, A.N.
Menezes, P.D. Faria, J.P. Remedios, Philip Pinto (father of Rev. Fr.
Ignatius Pinto), Melito Menezes, Pedro D'Souza (grandfather of Monsignor
Terence F. D'Souza of Toronto, Canada) and Cinncinatus D'Abreo, who
headed the group.
In the beginning of the 20th century, as Karachi blossomed into a scenic littoral region and its demographics began to change bit by bit, residential areas were developed in those parts of the city where there was room for constructing new houses. As a result, some very well planned colonies came into being. One of them was Cincinnatus Town. Cincinnatus Town was named after Cincinnatus Fabian D'Abreo, a kind-hearted gentleman who signifcantly contributed both to the well-being of his community and to beautifying Karachi landscape. The locality later came to be known as Garden East and Garden West....The Garden vicinity, before partition of the subcontinent, used to be clean-as-a-whistle part of the city. (Dawn: Metropolitan, Page 21, March 31, 2013)
The Catholic Colony # 1 which is off Britto Road (St. Lawrence's Parish)
having its own community hall and playground; and the Catholic Colony #
2 in the PECHS area also boasted of palatial homes, typically Goan/Portuguese
in design, with gardens, fruit trees etc. The Christ the King Church
(formerly St. Philomena's Chapel) became its parish church. Most
catholic families in the two Colonies have immigrated, leaving/giving
their houses to 'Special Homes for the Children and Aged', and to
various Religious Orders. Some houses in CC-1 on the main road (facing
Jinnah's mausoleum) have been converted into CNG gas stations, while a
few have been 'sold' against colony rules. The community hall today is a
mere 'Shadi Hall' and the ground, a parking lot during the annual
Muharram rituals. In CC-2, many houses were sold to estate developers
who have built apartment blocks.
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