Gems from the Archives –16 “Aquatic Sports 1968”

The aquatic sport events on Easter Monday became synonymous with the 4-H organization that was initiated in St. Kitts by Basil Henderson.  They consist  of a number of swimming races.  Once there was also a sail boat race and the organisers even tried to include a speed boat race.  The event that everybody looks forward to is the “greasy pole”.  At the end of a well greased pole leaning over the sea, a ham is […]

Gems from the Archives –15 “Fahie share croppers”

In 1939 Joseph  Ferara and  his sister Emily Dinzey, were willing to sell Fahie estate (approximately  320 acres) to government for land settlement of labourers.  They wanted to keep 16 acres of pasture as this was needed for the stock on Sir Gillies Estate which did not have any pasture of its own. They also wanted to obtain  grass from Fahie  for the stock at Sir Gillies without charge. Some stands of mahogany trees were […]

Gems from the Archives –14 “Mary Pratt her will”

The image today is a composite of Mary Pratt’s  will.  This is the transcription: Saint Christopher’s In the Name of God Amen I Mary Pratt of the Island of Saint Christopher widow, being in good Health and of sound Mind Memory and Understanding, but considering the uncertainty of this life, do make publish and declare this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I will and direct that […]

Gems from the Archives – “13 Tabernacle petition 1889”

At a meeting of the Legislative Council of the 3 April 1889 a petition was read.  It came the residents of Tabernacle who were requesting a supply of water.  They were not asking for water to be made available to every household but merely to the village.  Users would then have to transport buckets of it to their homes.  Their petition with all its signatures was copied into the Minutes of the Council. They based […]

Gems from the Archives – “12 trash huts”

This image of a trash hut survives in the National Archives as a print not as a photograph.  The original was taken in 1955 probably by a British Development Agency.  This means that there are still some people around who remember these structures.  Earlier these huts were the order of the day.  They consisted of either one or two rooms, mostly used as sleeping space, although some had a seating area.  All the other family […]