Gems from the Archives – 24 Manumission 1795

Saint Christopher Know all men by these presents that I Robert Finlay of the Kingdom of Great Britain but at present of the Island of Saint Christopher Mariner for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which I have and bear for a certain mulatto boy child of mine commonly called and known by the name of Robert son of a negro woman called Janett I have this day purchased from Francis Beach […]

Gems from the Archives – 23 4H boys and girls

The 4-H organization started in the US at the beginning of the 20th century. The original intention behind its launch was to provide practical and hands-on learning, that would connect public school education with rural life because it was realized that young people were more open to new discoveries in agriculture then the adults. Club work was started by public-spirited individuals.   The 4-H movement in St. Kitts made its appearance in the 1960s.  Its local […]

Gems from the Archives – 22 Infant Desertion

Our document today consists of evidence before the Committee on Child Desertion.  The person being questioned was Neville Palmer, the manager of Caines Estate and attorney for Willetts and Parsons.  An attorney was not a lawyer but a person authorized to act for the owner of the estate. The evidence is significant for what it says as well as what it does not say. Palmer told the Committee that men from the estates that he […]

Gems from the Archives –21 “Savings Bank”

Today we share a page out of the records of the Savings Bank.  This Bank was created after Emancipation, probably in the early 1860s after attempts to organise self-help societies among the former enslaved had failed.  This page from 1865 shows that the depositors were William Thurston and a number of Indian indentured labourers who were identified by a number. The register of these Labourers was lost in the Court House fire of 1982 and […]

Gems from the Archives –20 UBA

Our item today is the earliest surviving police report of a public meeting held by the Universal Benevolent Association or as it was called by its members, The Union. In 1916, in the middle of the First World War and in the face of low wages and attempts to limit emigration to Cuba and the Dominican Republic, Joseph Nathan organized a petition requesting uniform wages for agricultural workers and the regulation by government in setting […]