June 24: “Lawton C. Bloomfield Hopes For Mandeville Airstrip”

1945: When the governor general opens the new Natural History museum at the Institute on July 3, it will be the biggest and most representative museum of its kind in the West Indies, after a long period of preparation by Mr Bernard Lewis, the Institute Curator.

1946: Jamaica’s recently established Bureau of Statistics is now engaged in the all-important and monumental work of tabulating the West Indian census schedules, which is now being sent in from the other West Indian islands.The unified West Indian census is now proceeding and returns from the island of Montserrat are now being handled.


1949: A group of ten students of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, USA., headed by Dr William Biddle, director of the Programme of Community Studies and Dynamics, and his wife, flies to Jamaica in a Pan American Clipper from Miami, on a goodwill visit. They will remain five weeks and will work with the Jamaica Young friends Organisation in the construction of a community centre at Buff Bay.

1954: Minister of Communications and Works Lawton C. Bloomfield says he hopes an airstrip of the type of that of Boscobel in St Mary will be laid out in Mandeville in the near future. Mr Bloomfield says he was having discussions with the officials of the West Indian Training College in Mandeville aimed at getting the Government eventually to consider the advisability of establishing such an airstrip in the town.

1958: A permanent Caribbean Area Service Committee of the Young Men’s Christian Association is established. Chairman of th eight-member Committee is Jamaican Donald Fitzritson. Decision to set up the committee is taken at the weeklong Caribbean Leaders’ Consultation that is held here at the Fairfield Hotel.

1962: The Government leases to a private company, the vegetable factory formerly operated by Jamaica Vegetables Limited, at Bull Savannah, St Elizabeth. The lease, which is to the end of August, is for six months in the first instance. The new company is Wiscan Park, a subsidiary of T. Geddes Grant Limited.

1962: A decline in the birth rate, coupled with a further sharp increase in emigration, results in an increase of only 14,000 in the population of Jamaica in 1961. This compares with population increase of 35,000 in 1959 and 24,500 in 1960, according to the Economic Survey of Jamaica for 1961.

1965: A £1 000,000 building project for Kingston, involving the construction of three major office buildings, is being launched by a Jamaican company with the assistance of the Commonwealth Development Finance Company. Jamaica Property Company Limited, headed by Mr Cecil B. Facey, city businessman, the location organization behind the development.