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NEWSLETTER October 2010

Thursday 28th October at 6pm – “The life and times of Dame Marguerite Pindling” by Dame Marguerite with an introduction from Dr Gail Saunders, author of Dame Marguerite Pindling: A Biography. There will be a book signing afterwards.

Marguerite Pindling (pictured left) was born to Reuben and Viola McKenzie in the settlement of Long Bay Cays, South Andros, on 26 June 1932; she often describes herself as 'just a barefoot girl from Andros'.

Moving to Nassau in 1946, she lived with her sister Louise and attended the Western Senior School. After leaving school, her first job was with noted photographer Stanley Toogood. Later she worked for Colyn Rees and soon met Lynden Pindling, a London-trained lawyer. Following a courtship of a little over a year, they married on 5 May 1956. Shortly after the wedding Lynden Pindling was elected to the House of Assembly and would serve until 1997, when he retired after being elected nine consecutive times. In 1967 he became Premier and later Prime Minister, a post he held until 1992. Throughout his term in office, Lady Pindling gave her husband her determined, energetic and loyal support. Besides the devotion she showed to Sir Lynden and his political career, she undertook much charitable work, cared for her children and became a Bahamian icon. She was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, being named a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

The Pindlings had four children - Obi, Leslie, Michelle and Monique - and Dame Marguerite is now a proud grandmother of six.

Gail Saunders, pioneer Archivist and former Director of The Bahamas Archives, is author and co-author of a number of books, including Islanders in the Stream (volumes 1 and 2), Slavery in The Bahamas 1648-1838, Bahamian Loyalists and Their Slaves, and Nassau's Historic Landmarks. She is a longtime member and past president of the Bahamas Historical Society.

All talks 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. – Thanks to Manager Byron Miller.


I received this request from Elena Sokolova, Senior Producer, RTR TV Russia: "We are looking for a possibility to film an interview with you for RTR TV special report about a role of Bahamas in the World War 2. It will be broadcasted during the prime time Saturday evening news show at RTR Channel."

We are also looking for the World War 2 veterans and archive documents to film for this story. Royal Navy Veteran Chester Thompson has kindly offered to assist at the interview which is scheduled for 2 pm Monday 25th October at the BHS Museum. Do you know of any other veterans able to attend?


The 2010 Journal of the Bahamas Historical Society is now at the publishers. It will contain:

A Forgotten Grandee, Lt. Gov. John Moultrie, his “People” and Bahamian Plantations, 1784-1800 – Colin Brooker
Reflections on "Over-the-Hill" - Sir Orville A. Turnquest
A Tribute to Diana Pullinger, Artist and Illustrator - Jim Lawlor
Resettlement Villages of Liberated Africans & Emancipated Slaves in the Northern Bahamas - Darius D Williams
A Tribute to Diana Pullinger, Artist and Illustrator - Jim Lawlor
Pre-Columbian population of Guanahaní (San Salvador, Bahamas) based upon Paleodemographic Estimates - Jeffrey P. Blick
The Sea Turtle In Prehistoric Caribbean And Lucayan Culture: Evidence From Ethnography And Archaeology - Jeffrey P. Blick
Book Review of William F. Keegan and Lisabeth A. Carlson, Talking Taino. ­ Addison Kimmel
Obituaries
Research in Progress

We regret to say that we can only mail the journal to paid up members.

Jim LawlorHere are the links to the presentation “A Tribute to Diane Pullinger” by Jim Lawlor at our last meeting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXDBSY-yHz0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAbPEiG8cXM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfLx3cBoL24
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUgM7k5OniI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9BnL4jVvmQ

UPCOMING TALKS

Thursday, 28th October at 6:00 pm
“The life and times of Dame Marguerite Pindling” by Dame Marguerite
with an introduction from Dr Gail Saunders,
author of “Dame Marguerite Pindling: A Biography”.

There will be a book signing afterwards.


Thursday, 2nd December at 7:00 pm
“Excavations at the Farquarson Plantation, San Salvador” by Dr Jane Baxter.

Please note the later time.

Alfred Figueredo sent us this link to some very nice pictures of forts in New Providence
Los fuertes de Nassau, Nueva Providencia, Bahamas.
Alfredo E. Figueredo.
Galería Arqueológica No. 17, septiembre, 2009.

Kind regards

Jim Lawlor,
President.

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