Recruitment of Agricultural Labourers for UBA

On the 2nd January 1935 Joseph Nathan wrote to the Workers League informing them that the Universal Benevolent Association (the UBA) better known as the Union was going to organize the Agricultural Labourers. In many ways this was a very sad letter. The UBA which had been formed in 1916, had attempted to organize labourers all over St. Kitts and Nevis.  Its effort had met with some initial success especially among the waterfront workers whose wages had seen […]

Blueprints of the Ornamental Iron Work

Three years ago, we received some blue prints that had been stored at Public Works Department. Later, just before the building that housed Development Bank and Physical Planning Unit (near GHQ) was demolished, we managed to rescue a large number of Architectural drawings and other material. Because of the size of these items we have not been able to do much with them. We did manage to put some in our flat files, some are […]

First Women to Join a Political Party in St. Kitts

Women’s history is not the easiest thing to write.  Information is often nonexistent as women tend to make their contributions quietly and as part of their daily routine without attracting much attention to themselves.  We were thrilled this week to discover some snippets that will become part of the narrative here in St. Kitts.  They came from the Minutes of the Workers League 1935 (J E Fidel O’Flaherty Collection), The Closer Union Commission which had […]

Export of cattle from Nevis

The Administrator’s files are full of interesting short stories. Many are disheartening but every once in a while, a story of success shows up. Today we came across this one in File Confidential 1811 Prohibition of Exports Vol. 4.  During the Second World War there were many concerns about scarcity of food. This resulted in exports of food stuff being prohibited. On the list were cattle as they produced beef and milk and were very […]

The Daily Express

Our item this month is The Daily Express of the 22nd December 1882.   I have to thank three persons whose interest in heritage helped me realise the value of this particular newspaper issue.  First, there is Jeffery Phipps who asked me to to check the Daily Express for a project that he is working on. So far, I have not been able to help him find what he was looking for but one of the boxes that I […]