1947: The Honourable Legislative Council did itself and the country proud at a long sitting in which several important laws are enacted, together with the fact that the speeches were of a very high standard, devoid as is customary, of acrimony, concise and informative. A particularly interesting debate was that on the motion introduced by the Hon R.L.M. Kirkwood last week and resumed during the afternoon session urging Government to hold an enquiry into the adequacy of existing Trade Union Laws to protect workers against exploitation by trade union officials.
1950: A special meeting sponsored by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce is to be held to discuss the question of increased sugar prices charged to local manufacturers of canned commodities and confectionery as against the lower price to the local consumer through wholesalers. Members of the board of directors of the chamber and local manufacturers and representatives of the Sugar Manufacturers’ Association will be invited to attend. This issue arises at the meeting of the board of directors of the chamber, when it is pointed out that local manufacturers were hard hit by a recent increase in sugar price.
1955: A Jamaican in Cuba wins the first prize of £10,000 in the Turf Club Easter Sweep, one of the three major prizes which went out of the island. The first prize winner is I. W. Vaughn of May Pen, Clarendon, who is working on the Navy Base in Cuba. He was his own vendor as well and also won for himself the vendor’s prize.
1956: The chief minister, Norman Manley, says that contrary to what was reported in other parts of the British West Indies, this island and Trinidad made common cause in proposing that as far as external trade is concerned it was not desirable that Customs union as an integer of federation should be pushed forward with undue speed. He was opening a debate on British West Indies Federation which began in the House of Representatives.
1959: Until recently, no portrait of Paul Bogle, the active leader of the Morant Bay Rebellion in 1865 has been known to exist. W. G. Ogilvie, a member of the Jamaica Historical Society discovers a photograph which, although has not been absolutely authenticated, appears to be genuine. The picture is of the right period. It is what was called a ‘tintype’. The owner of the photograph is Reuben Ewen of Spring Garden, St Thomas. His mother was a Bogle, but was given the surname Marshall after her grandparents.
1964: There was an air of success (as well as some bitterness among four principal members) to the Jamaican group of entertainers who return home after a two-day visit to New York aimed at introducing the American public to the island’s latest dance craze, the ska beat. All members of the party who arrived at the Palisadoes International Airport were convinced that dancing to the ska beat had made a sound impression on the critics who attended their show at the Sheapard’s Club.
1968: A crash programme to bring 10,000,000 gallons of water per day from the Ferry River to the Greater Kingston water mains in twelve months time is being prepared by the Water Commission and will be submitted to Government as soon as possible, probably within the next two weeks. The programme is outlined in a memorandum by the secretary manager, Mr. S. W. Parke, to an emergency meeting of the commission.