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NEWSLETTER December 2009

Dear Member,

Last Thursday Darius Williams gave a talk, "Liberated African Settlements in the Northern Islands." Considering it was Thanksgiving, the talk was quite well attended by about 30 people.

Thanks to Robert Dorsett the talk can be seen in full on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiLg9ueJlKU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpjZ1kWdlYY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLKvaTpjL4U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4p2iaWPBbc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFPIvNn-zJ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mB_W2RoOqRw


Can you help? We are looking for information about Diana Pullinger-Cavill, who painted the two Historical Screens featured in our museum. June Maura found episodes 4, 5 & 6 on the screens in the 1958 issues of the Nassau Magazine – we think that her biographical information in episode 1, perhaps in the 1957 edition.

Franki Carrera-Justiz and other visitors to the museum have admired the two sets of screens portraying the History of the Bahamas. The screens pictured below were painted by Diana Pullinger for the Nassau Shop, who later donated them to the Bahamas Historical Society.

So far we have the following information:
She was married to Clifford Cavill, Director of Works in Nassau, Bahamas.
She received three medals from the Royal Society of Art (Great Britain?).

Several of her paintings were auctioned by Lunds, and their spokesman Arthur Underhill says: I do remember this consignment. It came from a group of cabins at Saltair which is on the water between Chemainus and Ladysmith on Vancouver Island north of Victoria The cabins were being taken down for condominiums. The pictures themselves had been left behind when the occupants moved. Apparently the artist had lived there for a time. Diana Pullinger Cavill is known as an illustrator in this area. Her artwork does not come on the market very often. Some of the pictures we sold at this time were quite good. I believe she was related to members of the Pullinger family, some of whom used to live in the area. I tried contacting a Jan Pullinger, who may have been a daughter or niece when we auctioned the paintings with no response. Jan Pullinger served a term as a Member of Parliament a number of years ago.


We enjoyed our pre Christmas gathering with a talk on the Cemeteries of San Salvador by Dr Jane Baxter and Michael Marshall (pictured above with President Jim Lawlor)./td>We had a fair sized audience including two visitors from USA, who happened to pass the Museum just before the commencement of the talk.
Leonard and Chrissie Smith enjoyed the food and fellowship following the talk.We have moved into the 21st Century thanks to Robert Dorsett, who now records the talks on YouTube

Below are the links to Dr Jane Baxter's lecture at the Bahamas Historical Society on 3rd December 2009:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_tOmJc2qiE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwmtHXhp-3A
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKSplPdteOY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgWcrPghnB4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW9r4YwfVP8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvR9UUwGyt0


I received this communication – can anyone assist?

Dear BHS,

I am a British writer and biographer, currently at work on the life of Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902-42), younger brother of the Duke of Windsor. I would be most grateful for your expert guidance.

One close friend of Prince George was Audrey Haldeman, (b. 1895 Audrey Gretchen Wilmot, m.(i) Jack Coats, (ii) Captain Donald Carmichael Haldeman).

Mrs Haldeman took up residence in the Bahamas upon the outbreak of the Second World War, but died in November 1941 in what has been described to me by a member of her family as 'unusual circumstances'. Because of her closeness to Prince George prior to his marriage, I am naturally keen to learn more about Mrs Haldeman's days in the Bahamas. I know little more of this short period of her life, only that when her husband Capt Haldeman died in 1952, he was buried next to her.

I wonder if you know of some expert on this period of Bahamian history who might be able to flesh out this very rudimentary information? I would be very much obliged for any advice or information you may be able to offer.

With best wishes and thanks,

Christopher Wilson

Ordnance House
West Dean
Salisbury SP5 1JE
United Kingdom
www.christopherwilson.info


We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Our next talks are: Thursday ,28th January 2010 at 6pm - "Sir Randol Fawkes" by Rosalie Fawkes & Thursday, 25th February 2010 at 6pm - "Over-the-Hill, Grants Town" by Sir Orville Turnquest.

Kind regards,

Jim Lawlor, President.

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