Madeirans 1856

In 1855, the St Kitts Legislature passed a law to encourage the immigration of agricultural workers. The first group arrived from Madeira, a Portuguese archipelago in the Northern Atlantic, in 1856 on the Barque Nautilus captained by Henry Laws. In England, a great deal more accountability was demanded in the aftermath of Emancipation and the new law included the creation of an Immigration Committee. This first report showed that 58 adults arrived in St. Kitts […]

Girls High School results 1943

On the first of March 1940 the Executive Council approved a scheme similar to the Grammar school by which promising female students were given scholarships. Four were to be awarded in May of that year and another four in January 1941. On being informed, Principal Pickard, was elated but suggested that 2 be offered in January 1941 and the remaining two in January 1942 “to distribute the scholarships among children of more varied ages”. Her […]

Before Shell and Sol

Before there was Shell and Sol, there was Fort Pine. Our image today shows what remained of the small military installation in the mid-1940s. In the background there are the nets of fishermen. In 1853, the British military decommissioned Brimstone Hill and Charles Fort and the ordinance was offered to the island government. Soon after, it was decided that shipping in Basseterre had to be protected. Fort Thomas or Bluff Point at the western end […]

Sir Milton inspects troops 1971

Our item today shows Sir Milton Allen inspecting the troops on Church Street before delivering the throne speech in 1971. Sir Milton was the first Kittitian of African descent to hold the post of Governor. A short profile is available here

The Lazaretto

In 1890 Charles Henry Boon of “The Cottage”, Basseterre started a small publication called The Lazaretto. It came out every two weeks and consisted of 8 pages measuring 13 inches by 8 inches. A lazaretto was a place of isolation and quarantine and Boon had made it his mission to get lepers off the streets of Basseterre, actually off every street on St. Kitts and Nevis At the time, the nature of the disease was […]