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NEWSLETTER April 2012

Dear Members and Friends,

Please note our next talk:

Wednesday 11th April at 6 pm – Eric Wiberg “U-Boats in the Bahamas and Bermuda Triangle”

Because of war time censorship it was not well known that The Bahamas was an important theatre of war during World War 2. German and italian U-Boats sought to destroy cargo ships carrying vital war materials, especially oil from Texas and Venezuela, to embattled Great Britain. These ships were easy prey as they transitted the narrow shipping lanes around the Bahamas archipelago. Eric has over 80,000 nautical miles of seagoing experience under his keel, and his experience as a licensed US Merchant Marine Officer since age 25 colours the narrative and his understanding of events on the allied side. He has ridden aboard nearly a dozen tankers and bulkers in his 20-year maritime career.

Thanks to Robert Dorsett here are the links for the last presentation by Eric Wiberg on U Boats in The Bahamas and the Bermuda Triangle:.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trW2gNhM-PU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htrKDjqYpFU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfuIB2__gac
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAyUpeOzVZQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyZZNCF_y_4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yu4e-76kuAY


Here are the links on YouTube to Dr. Tinker's lecture “The Bahamas in American History” of 29th March at The Bahamas Historical Society.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RU7Ia_cPMw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05OAUzg_Itw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-kASgmM-1I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1tN9htd1pc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spdhagEFRLw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vdt1idmmUd8


Please note upcoming events

Thursday 19th April at 6pm – Annual General Meeting...........Please Note: Membership fees due for 2012/2013

Agenda

  1. Call to Order and Apologies
  2. Minutes of AGM of April 2011 by Vernita Johnson
  3. Report on the state of the Bahamas Historical Society Museum and Volunteers by Mrs Joan Clarke, Corresponding Secretary and Coordinator of Volunteers
  4. Report of Editorial Committee by Anne Lawlor
  5. Treasurer’s Report by David Cates
  6. President’s Report by Jim Lawlor
  7. Nominations for Committees for 2012 – 2013 conducted by Capt. Paul Aranha
  8. Any Other Business

Thursday 24th May – Annual Lunch/Fashion Show

Thursday 7th June at 6pm - Sybil Allen – Charmed by Southern Whispers (Life on Inagua) – her book starts with a beautiful poem.

Sunday 10th June – Nassau Chamber Ensemble Spring Concert at BHS Museum (postponed from Sunday 6th May)


I received a letter from a student recently asking for information on Harcourt Gladstone Malcolm: "I am in fifth grade and I am working on a nation note book on the Bahamas. I am researching Harcourt Gladstone Malcolm because he is an important historical person to the Bahamas. I need a picture of Mr. Harcourt Gladstone Malcolm. Is it possible to purchase a scanned picture? It is really important to my grade to get this picture can you please help me." Taylor H., Schaghticoke, NY

I am happy to say between Paul Aranha and I we were able to send the following:

Dear Taylor:
I can't tell you how pleasant it is, to meet a young person who is interested in the history of the Bahamas. I sent you a file with Harcourt Malcolm's grave, because it was the only thing that I knew I had, but a good place to search for the history of the Bahamas is in the pages of the "Bahamas Handbook and Businessman's Annual", which was first published in 1960. In the 1975/76 issue I found photos which might serve your purpose and these I attach hereto. I hope these will help you to get the BEST grade.
Paul C. Aranha
P. S. My mother's ancestors came to the Bahamas in 1783. Their surname was Taylor.

And look at this excerpt I found from our past journal:

Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society, Volume 4 (October 1982): "PERSONALITIES: HARCOURT GLADSTONE MALCOLM, ESQ., C.B.E., K.C. 1875-1936," by Ruth M. L. Bowe

At the beginning of each Parliamentary session a Speaker is elected for the House of Assembly by its members, subject formerly to the approval of the Governor.1 An elected representative in the House, the Speaker assumes the new dual role of spokesman and representative to the House as a general assembly.2 Secondly, he is chairman of the House and its committees.3 It was this unique and prestigious position that the Honourable Mr. Harcourt Gladstone Malcolm, Esq., C.B.E., K.C. held for twenty-three years in the 'Bahama Islands' House of Assembly.

On 2 February, 1914 Harcourt Malcolm was nominated by Mr. W. C. B. Johnson to fill the vacancy in the Speaker's chair upon the passing of the former Speaker, Dr. Francis Abraham Holmes.4 Once seconded the choice of Speaker was unanimous as no other candidate was proposed.5 The election of Speaker represented the democratic tradition of the Bahamas Assembly to which Harcourt Malcolm adhered and upheld as fervently as his religion.

There was no doubt that this able, though young, politician would assume the chair as he had already proven his worth in the honourable House. Following in the footsteps of his father, the Hon. Ormond Drimmie Malcolm, as lawyer, politician and Speaker, Harcourt Malcolm was destined to achieve the laurels bestowed upon him at the height of his Parliamentary career. Cumulatively, the Hon. Ormond Drimmie Malcolm and the Hon. Harcourt Malcolm served the Bahamas House of Assembly for nearly half a century.6 In turn Harcourt Malcolm was dubbed the "Father of the House"7 as his great, great grandfather, Michael Malcolm, a Scot and founding member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk, was often described as the "Father of the Kirk".8


Call for Papers 2012 Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society

The editorial board of the Journal of The Bahamas Historical Society is sending out a call for papers for the 2012 journal. The deadline for submission of articles is June 30, 2012. Following are the requirements for papers:

  • The subject should be a historical topic on The Bahamas bringing to light new information or a new interpretation of topics of Bahamian interest. Short communications, book reviews, and profiles of Bahamian personalities are also welcome.
  • The article should be formatted using Chicago style with end-notes rather than footnotes.
  • The article should be between 10 and 15 pages, double spaced. Photographs, maps or other illustrations are welcome.
  • Articles should be submitted by e-mail to jalawlor@coralwave.com using a standard word processing programme such as Microsoft Word. A hard copy should also be sent to Jim & Anne Lawlor, Box N-1715, Nassau, Bahamas.
  • The Editorial Committee has the right to edit the article.
  • The Editorial Committee has the right to reject the article.

Kind regards,

Jim Lawlor, President

 

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