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NEWSLETTER November 2006

Last Meeting – Last month’s meeting was very well attended indeed, and we would like to thank Mr Colin Brooker for his fascinating lecture on the architecture and archaeology at Clifton.

Next Meeting – Traditionally, the November meeting is our last meeting of the year. And I am not exaggerating when I say that, as long as I can remember, we always turned the November meeting into a bit of a pre-Christmas celebration with some food and drink. This year, we want to do the same thing. Any contributions, hors d'oeuvres or drinks are welcome. Please contact the society via e-mail, so we can plan this event. Of course, there will also be a guest speaker at this meeting:

Jim Lawlor:
“Dr. Paul Albury: Rotarian.”

Paul Albury was a renowned historian of the Bahamas (The Story of the Bahamas and The Paradise Island Story), and former President of the Bahamas Historical Society. This lecture, however, will highlight his involvement in the Rotary Club.

Thursday, November 30th, 2006, 6:00 pm
Bahamas Historical Society – Shirley Street / Elizabeth Avenue

Annual Journal of the Bahamas Historical SocietyVolume 28 of our Journal is out! If you receive this newsletter via “snail mail,” then you are already holding it in your hands, if you are already a subscriber to the electronic newsletter, you can expect it shortly, as they were posted a few days ago – that is if your membership is current.

New Bahamian History Book – Capt. Paul Aranha, whom most inter-island air travellers will remember, as he has been a pilot in this country for over half a century, has written a book about his experiences as an “Island Airman.” The book will be for sale at our next meeting, and Capt. Aranha will be happy to personally sign your copy.

The book launch is being held on November 22nd, 2006, from 5:00 pm onwards at Million Air Jet Centre on the Coral Harbour Road on the Southern side of Nassau International Airport. Refreshments will be served.

Historical Research / Help Needed – A lady in Canada who is editing a book of memoirs of a gentleman who vacationed in the Bahamas one Christmas in the 1940s needs your help: “He [the gentleman] mentions an American ambassador who had a place here, nicknamed ‘Mort's Place,’ and his name may have been Mortimer Belin. He also mentions a Mrs. Dolly who was a member of the Porcupine Club and inaugurated the New Year's Day luncheon held there.” Can anyone confirm or correct these details, especially full names and their correct spelling? If you have any information regarding this, please contact us via e-mail, so that we can pass the information on to Canada.

Special Offer / Limited Time Only
A complete set of the Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society (Volumes 1-28) can be obtained for $80.00 (instead of $140.00). These sets can be picked up from Mr. Aranha’s office at the College of the Bahamas (Bishop Michael Eldon Complex, Oakes Field Campus) after ordering them via telephone (324-3546 or 397-2614) or e-mail.

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