April 14: “Jamaica’s Industrial Boom Is On In Earnest”

1948: Using a new statutory power for the first time, the Governor in Executive Council has issued an exclusion order under the Immigration Restriction Law excluding from Jamaica Yur Kivovitch, who was more commonly known here as Victor Michael Carmichael, and Rose Rivet Fenez, known here as Mrs Rose Carmichael. The Carmichaels, who are believed to be Canadians, have already left Jamaica and by this order they will not be permitted to return. Rumours had got afloat that Carmichael was a communist agent. 


1955: Jamaica has received preferential treatment in regard to the distribution of the Salk vaccine declared to be almost 100 per cent effective in the prevention of poliomyelitis. Because Jamaica is one of the newest areas in which an outbreak of polio has occurred, the Parke Davis Company, who largely financed the research for the vaccine, was able to convince the US authorities that one of the first export shipments should be made to the island, in an effort to stamp out polio from one territory.


1957: Seven hundred and forty-seven motor cars at a total cost of £286,000 were purchased from United Kingdom in January and February of this year. The number exceeds by 171 the island’s purchase of British cars in the comparative first two months last year. Jamaica’s shopping list of vehicles from Britain included 98 commercial vehicles and 153 chassis for motor vehicles, plus the cars. The value of these together reached £582,000, the highest sum for any import by Jamaica.

1961: Proposals that steps should be taken by the Government to set up a strong inter-party national committee to tackle the problem of unemployment in Jamaica is made in the Legislative Council by the Hon Neville Ashenheim. Mr Ashenheim said that the committee should be broadly based, should include trade union representatives and should be set the job of getting down to the unemployment problem and thinking up things within our means that will provide the maximum amount of employment.

1964: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Sir Alexander Bustamante rests in his hotel before entering Walter Reed Army Hospital for an examination of an eye ailment. One of the Jamaican leader’s associates said Sir Alexander would be expected to enter the hospital tomorrow, and assumes there will be an operation for a cataract on his left eye, then remain there for perhaps two weeks.

1965: Jamaica’s industrial boom is on in earnest. Last year, some 23 new factories went into operation in the island. This year, about 80 new plants are due to be built here, representing a capital investment of over £10 million. This is announced by the Hon Robert Lightbourne, minister of trade and industry, as he declared open yet another factory in Kingston’s industrial estate – the £85,000 plant of West Indies Metal Products Limited, which will manufacture metal caps for bottles.