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Nossa Senhora Das Maravilhas (Our Lady Of Wonders) Sugarcane Factory

Located in the municipality of Goiana, it was founded in 1889 by Diniz Peryllo de Albuquerque Melo.

Nossa Senhora Das Maravilhas (Our Lady Of Wonders) Sugarcane Factory

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Last update: 05/02/2013

By: Lúcia Gaspar - Librarian of the Fundação Joaquim Nabuco

Located in the municipality of Goiana, it was founded in 1889 by Diniz Peryllo de Albuquerque Melo. It was previously a sugar plantation, founded before the Dutch invasion by Gaspar Pacheco. Confiscated, it was sold by the invaders in 1637 to Hans Wilen Louisen.

In 1925 it was sold to the industrialist Arthur de Medeiros Carneiro, who also owned Textificio Santa Maria (Santa Maria Textiles) Ltd – known as the old Zumbi factory, makers of jute sacks for storing cotton and sugar – and the Companhia Açucareira de Goiana (Sugar Company of Goiana).

In 1929 it had ten farms with the ability to produce 100,000 tonnes of sugarcane. The most highly cultivated variety was ‘manteiga’ (butter). It had the capacity to process 700 tonnes of sugarcane and produce 10,000 litres of ethanol in 22 hours. During the milling period approximately 100 workers were employed at the factory.

It had a 60km-long railway, 6 locomotives and 115 wagons and cars and maintained a school with an annual attendance of 30 students.

In the harvest of 1933-1934, it produced 76,404 60kg-sacks of sugar; 173,627 in 1953-1954; 265,650 in 1963-1964; 486,356 in 1973-1974 and 827,974 in 1984. It also produced 285,850 litres of ethanol in 1953-1954 and 410,100 in 1984.

Arthur Medeiros Carneiros and his children were the owners of the factory for seventy years.

In the 1980s, Nossa Senhora das Maravilhas was sold to the Lundgren Group and in the 1990s passed into the ownership of the Andrade Queiroz Group.

Recife, 7 August 2003.
(Updated on 8 November 2010)
Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2012.

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ANDRADE, Manuel Correia de. História das usinas de açúcar de Pernambuco. Recife: FJN. Ed. Massangana, 1989. 114 p. (República, v.1)

GONÇALVES & SILVA. O assucar e o algodão em Pernambuco. Recife: [s.n.], 1929. 90 p.

MOURA, Severino. Senhores de engenho e usineiros, a nobreza de Pernambuco. Recife: Fiam, CEHM, Sindaçúcar, 1998. 320 p. (Tempo municipal, 17).

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