Gems from the Archives – 49 Henry Gumbs 1842

St. Christopher Government House 26th October 1842 Sir I have the honour of forward to Your Excellency a duplicate original of the examination of witnesses in support of a charge against Reid Gumbs an inhabitant of that part of St. Martin under Your Excellency’s command. Your Excellency will perceive by the evidence given upon oath in the formal judicial proceedings that Reid Gumbs stands charged with a crime that by British Law is viewed as […]

Gems from the Archives – 48 Three Men with Steel Pans

According to the late Cromwell Bowry, the first properly tuned steel pan was brought to St. Kitts in 1950 by D Lloyd Matheson who was then Education Officer. Previous to that youths made percussion instruments out of steel objects and improvised their tunes as best they could on their makeshift instruments. Many were aware of the development of Steel Bands in Trinidad. At this time pans did not have stands but were worn by the […]

Gems from the Archives – 47 the Treasury Building and War Memorial

Did you think that there was not going to be a gem this week.  We have not run out of  interesting items to share but I have been travelling and was finding it very difficult to access my mailing list on hand held devices so we are late.  Sincere apologies. Our item today is a postcard from the 1920s showing the War Memorial next to the Treasury Building.  At that point it commemorated those who had died during World War One.  […]

Gems from the Archives – 46 West India Regiment

We are extremely late this week.  I have not been able to use my laptop at home for some time now due to work being done on the house.  To make things worse, I have not had internet in my office for the whole week.  Numerous calls to the IT department produced no results. A big thank you goes to Kyle Maynard, our intern through the PEP program, who got us up and running not […]

Gems from the Archives – 45 Emily and Joe 1937

Our item today is an issue of the St. Kitts-Nevis Daily Bulletin published by A M Losada.  The article we want to highlight is a column called “Emily and Joe” on page 3.  It is written in dialect and focuses on the candidates for the election that was due to take place that year.  This was the first time in almost 80 years since an election had taken place in St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla and the first time that […]