August 11: “Fish Farming At King’s House”

1944: The Gleaner understands that in the near future, the appointment of an assistant director of medical services, in place of Dr J.M. Hall, who has resigned owing to ill health, will be made. The salary for this office is £1,200 per annum.

1949: Thousands of citizens from all over the island pack the Knibb Memorial Church in Falmouth, for the re-dedication services built on the site of the chapel destroyed by the hurricane of 1944. Chaired by Mr P.M Sherlock, vice-principal of the University College of the West Indies, the double ceremony takes the form of a religious service, followed by a public meeting.

1954: The Jamaica Agricultural Society and the Jamaica Livestock Association at a meeting at the Ministry of Trade and Industry urge majority representation on the proposed Livestock Industry Board for the producers.

1958: The governor, Sir Kenneth Blackbourne, begins fish farming at King’s House. The Government Fisheries Division stocks a concrete pond at King’s House with fish. His excellency’s decision to stock the pond comes a s a result of a visit he paid to the Fisheries Station at Twickenham Park over one month ago when he expresses the desire to become a fish farmer.

1958: Mr Earle Thames, son of Mr and Mrs F.A Thames of 5 Kings Avenue, Richmond Park, has been awarded the 1959 Rhodes Scholarship. Mr Thames attended Jones Town School and Wolmer’s Boys’ School, where he gained both School Certificate and Higher School Certificate.

1965: All-Island Spelling Champion and Champion Girl Speller is Amorelle Morrison, 13-year-old pupil of Manchester High School, Mandeville. She emerged victorious after more than three hours of competition in the final spell down of the Children’s Own newspaper Spelling Bee.

1969: The Government releases the new rates for bus fares payable to the Jamaica Omnibus Service Limited, which will become effective on September 8 this year, when conversion to dollars and cents takes place. Under the new rates, children will actually pay less (in some cases up to two cents) than what is now being charged for the third to the ninth fare stages. This reduction is shown when comparison is made with the Government Comprehensive Conversion Table.

1975: Jamaicans seeking overseas placements are being advised by Labour and Employment Minister Ernest Peart to be cautious about their dealings with employment agencies and persons claiming to be able to secure entry for them into foreign countries.