Barbados Post World War II

Barbados after Word War II (post 1945 to present).

Col. Reginald Michelin, Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 to 1953

It was always hot – Memoirs of Col. Reginald T. Michelin, Commissioner of Barbados Police 1949-1953 post Col. Oriel St.A. Duke

Reginald Townend Michelin (1903-1998), CMG (1957), CVO (1953), OBE (1952) took the post of Sub-Inspector, Police, Jamaica, 1924 and Inspector, Police, Leeward Islands, 1928. He was made Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nigeria, 1930, and Commissioner of Police, Barbados, 1949 and Jamaica, 1953, retiring in 1958 from the Colonial Police. In 1940 he married Nina Gladys …

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Bovell & Skeete letter head 1964

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973

Memories of Bovell & Skeete 1960 to 1973 was written by our guest contributor John Fraser with help from Doug Newsam.  It is an attempt to capture the history, people and life of Bovell & Skeete in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  It is naturally subjective from their personal experiences.  We hope that others …

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SGT Errol Barrow RAF Navigator, 31 OTU RAF Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada – 7 April 1944

F/O Errol Barrow RAF Navigator World War II & Prime Minister of Barbados

Errol Barrow led Barbados to Independence on 30th November 1966 and served as Barbados’ first and fourth Prime Minister.  This is the story of Errol Walton Barrow (21st January 1920 – 1st June 1987) and his time as a Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR) from 1940 to 1947. Very little is written about Errol …

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Blackwood Screw Dock - 1910 to 1939

Barbados Blackwood Screwdock (dry dock)

Our guest contributor is Keith Mackie, a South African Consulting Coastal & Harbour Engineer who specialises in Dry Docks and the Dry Docking of ships.  In December 2009 he was brought to Barbados by Caribbean Lifestyles Ltd. to survey the Blackwood screwdock and assess its potential for conservation and restoration.  Sitting in the Blackwood dock …

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Operation Carlota – Cuba’s secret flights to Angola via Barbados

In 1975 Angola gained independence from Portugal.  In the period from 1961 to 1974 a War for Independence waged between three factions: the Marxist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) led by Agostinho Neto, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) led by Jonas Savimbi a former Maoist and the …

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Col. Duke - 1939

The Duke Affair – A West Indian versus the colonial establishment

Oriel St. Arnaud Duke was born in Montserrat the second son of Dr Mansergh Duke, a Dublin doctor, and Emily née Wilkin. His family nickname was Konks. His first job was as a clerk in the Antiguan government. During World War I he volunteered for the British West India Regiment and was transferred to 10th …

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Lloyd Seale Lodge School 1964

Football (soccer) in Barbados in the 1950s & 1960s

This post is by guest contributor John Fraser. He was born at Spooners, Four Roads, in St. John and attended Lodge School from 1955 to 1964. John Fraser worked for Bovell & Skeete (later Coopers & Lybrand) from 1964 to 1973 in Barbados, St Lucia and Dominica.  In 1973, he emigrated to Toronto, Canada and …

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Hurricane Janet – 22 September 1955

Barbados is occasionally visited by Hurricanes which can cause widespread damage and loss of life. Fortunately this does not occur very often. The last major one was Hurricane Janet on 22nd September 1955.  After leaving us she went on to wreak havoc in Grenada and then across the Caribbean basin. Much has been written on …

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Carson Don Lorde's first home in Wellhouse

St. Philip, Barbados in the 1950’s & 1960’s. Growing up in Wellhouse and Marley Vale in the 1960’s

The following is an excerpt from a book that Carson Don Lorde is writing. He has agreed that BajanThings can publish a preview. The rite of passage from boy to man in St. Philip, Barbados. Growing up in Wellhouse and Marley Vale in the 60’s I define my rite of passage as the transition from …

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St Philip Barbados sugar factory 1950s

St. Philip, Barbados in the 1950s & 1960s. A very brief recollection of the people and events

Growing up in St. Philip, Barbados in the 1950s and 1960s life revolved around two seasons. Crop Season (when the cane was being harvested) and Out of Crop (or hard time). The latter was called hard time because wages were lower. These were even more important than school holidays, Christmas or Kite Season. During crop …

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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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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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