Bajan People

Bajan’s (Barbadian’s) that have done outstanding things or have made outstanding contributions.

C&W Pamela_Jones & Bertie Bostic processing messages at the teleprinter

International Communication in Barbados 50 years ago.

This post is by guest contributor Shana Jones a pilot with SVG Air based out of St. Vincent. “International Communication in Barbados 50 years ago” originally appeared on Shana’s blog Roaming Aviatrix in January 2017 and is re-published here on BajanThings as a supplement to Cable & Wireless in Barbados. On the last day of …

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Col. Richard Moody 1813 -1887

Richard Clement Moody

Colonel Richard Clement Moody was born on the 13th of February 1813 at the military Hospital in Bridgetown Barbados. His father, Thomas, was a Colonel in the Royal Engineers stationed in Barbados. He studied Engineering at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich and was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant on the 05 November 1830. He was made …

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SS Scottish Star Survivors Arrive Barbados Feb 1942

British Ship: SS Scottish Star Torpedoed – 19th February 1942

This is the story of Sid Graham, Arthur Walker and Michael Doyle – three survivors of The Blue Star Line SS Scottish Star that was torpedoed 600 miles off of Barbados on 19th February 1942. The survivors lifeboat was towed into Barbados by the fishing boat “Stella” on 27th February 1942. The sixteen survivors remained …

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C&W cable laying ship Stanley Angwin off St Lawrence coast Barbados

Cable & Wireless in Barbados

SOME OF CABLE & WIRELESS’ HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN BARBADOS 1942 – Fall of Singapore (8th – 15th February) 1944 – Barbados became a major telecommunications hub with the establishment of the HF transmitting and receiving stations at Boarded Hall and Carrington respectively. 1946 – Overseas telephone service opened (Operator assisted) 1950 – VHF radio links …

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Slave Burial Ground Newton Plantation

Old Doll. The Matriarch of Newton Plantation

The book “Old Doll, Matriarch of Newton Plantation” by Dr. Karl Watson is published by The Barbados Museum & Historical Society. It is on sale at the Museum shop and other good bookstores. This small book makes interesting reading, despite the many printer’s errors. It gives the history of a family of slaves and their …

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Celestine Bajan Food

Celestine’s Bajan Food Restaurant

Celestine Giles and Esta Butcher run a restaurant on the road leading to Harrison’s Cave serving delicious home-cooked Bajan food.  It is frequented by locals either as a quick lunch stop while at work or after a hike in the area. A growing number of visitors have found this unique spot. It is good for …

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Adam Straw Waterman memorial St. Georges Church - Barbados

Adam Straughn (Straw) Waterman (1803 – 1887)

Adam Straughn (Straw) Waterman was born a slave in 1803 in either St. John or St George. Probably on one of the estates owned by the Drax Family. He got his freedom before emancipation. Adam married Nancy Hannah at St. John’s Parish Church on 2nd November 1835. Some sources say she was an outside daughter of …

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Chase family vault Christ Church Parish church

Feuding Chase brothers vault – Christ Church Parish church, Barbados

Below are photographs of the famous Chase Vault, located in the south-west corner of Christ Church Parish churchyard.  Sixty meters from the Church Government school. Two Chase brothers, who hated each other and had many furious fights during their life-time, were buried with their coffins placed side by side in the vault; and they continued …

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