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NEWSLETTER January 2010

Dear Member,

A Happy New Year to one and all. Unfortunately the year ended with a tinge of sadness with the death of Cheri, the sister of our stalwart Management Committee Member, Vernita Johnson. Please remember the family in your prayers.

Our next talk:

Thursday 28th January 2010 at 6pm

"Sir Randol Fawkes" by his daughter Rosalie Fawkes

At our museum corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue

Parking: At the ex Psilinakis carpark north of the museum on Elizabeth Ave – entrance via First Caribbean Bank on Shirley Street.

Miss Rosalie Fawkes, a veteran music and English teacher, worked in the field of education for twenty-eight years, having been employed at Queen’s College for twenty three years and Lyford Cay School for five years. In 2005, Miss Fawkes established the Bahamas School for Piano Studies and she remains very active in the training of a new generation of pianists and helping with the music ministry at her parish church, St. Mary’s Anglican Church. Miss Fawkes has also been a member of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) for many years and currently serves as the General Secretary for that association. Miss Fawkes holds two academic degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Science in Education.

Sir Randol Francis Fawkes (born March 20, 1924), is often referred to as "The Father of Labour" for the work that he did in establishing the trade unionist movement in The Bahamas. Sir Randol Fawkes, elder statesman, attorney-at-law, free trade unionist, civil rights activist, sportsman, author and musician, changed the course of Bahamian history.

In 1961, he successful piloted through the House of Assembly, the Bill which established Labour Day as a public holiday. “Labor Day as a fitting memorial to the contributions made by the working people to the progress of the Colony.”

Kind regards,

Jim Lawlor, President.


Sip Sip History

Janet Donnelly sent me these hits on YouTube: If you haven't seen this already, there's some old footage of the Bahamas posted on YouTube by the Travel Film Archive

Janet also warned that some members might get upset at the tone of the commentary.

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