February 22: “The Second Prime Minister Of Jamaica”

1952: Decision reaching the Government some time ago to build a new Customs House on premises at Garvey Avenue, opposite the Kingston Railway Station, was being revived. Original intention is to erect a three-storey building at the site to accommodate a new King’s Warehouse, the Collector General’s Department and the Customs House. Construction work had already started.


1956: Jamaica’s leadership brings a solution to the problem of selecting a site for the Federal Capital of the British West Indies and makes it possible for full agreement to be reached on a plan for federation. This plan will be signed by the West Indies delegates at the final plenary conference at Lancaster House soon.

1962: Mr Theodore Sealy, CBE, editor of The Gleaner, is appointed Chairman of the committee which will prepare a programme for celebration of Jamaica’s Independence. The appointment is made by the Premier, the Hon Norman Manley, QC, with the full concurrence of Leader of the Opposition Sir Alexander Bustamante. Mr Sealy is chairman of the ‘Jamaica 3000’ committee, which in 1955 directed the celebration of this island’s tercentenary as a British colony.

1965: Delivery of the first 111 houses at the housing estate Duhaney Park is made by West Indies Home Contractors, developers of the project. Another 48 houses will be delivered to the owners, a further 60 will be handed over in March and another 45 later. A release by contractors states that after March about 35 houses will be delivered each week according to the scheduled programme of delivery until completion of the project.

1965: A Conference of Ministers from various Caribbean Islands is held at the Jamaican Ministry of Education to discuss further the proposed Caribbean Examinations Council. Those present are the Hon Edwin Allen, minister of education, Mr W.C Ellwood, permanent secretary; and the Hon Senator Donald Pierre, among others.

1967: The Hon Donald Sangster, first deputy leader of the Jamaica Labour Party is sworn in as the second prime minister of Jamaica at King’s House. Mr Sangster, who led the Jamaica Labour Party to a 33 to 20 seat victory over the People’s National Party, is summoned to King’s House by the governor general, His Excellency Sir Clifford Campbell. He is branded his instruments of appointment, after which he takes his oath of office as Jamaica’s new prime minister.

1973: A new policy on farm loans intended to escalate the $3.5 million which is loan to farmers over the past two years is announced by the Jamaica Development Bank. In a statement the bank says that farm developments being financed so far would yield an additional 589 tons of beef per annum by 1977; 666,804 more imperial gallons of milk production by 1976 and an increase of 1,785 short tonnes of crops and 436,590 more boxes of citrus by 1980.