Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 3 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 jamaica at ROAD TO INDEPENDENCE Published Friday, February 9, 1962 AFTER A hundred references of Jamaica’s demands to the United Kingdom Cabinet this morning, the United Kingdom agreed to Jamaica having its Independence Day on the first Monday in August – August 6 this year. At yesterday’s session, Premier Norman Manley and Opposition Leader Sir Alexander Bustamante both made it clear that Jamaica would not be fobbed off by any delays to suit any other colony. The British Colonial Secretary, Mr Maudling, this morning said that he had been impressed by the views expressed unanimously by the joint Jamaican delegation and would be prepared so to recommend to the Prime Minister Mr HaroldMacmillan and the Cabinet. Mr Manley enquired how long that reference might take. Mr Maudling said a reply would be had that very morning. And so, by 11 o’clock this morning, a telephone message had been received at the conference at Lancaster House, stating that the United Kingdom Cabinet had agreed to the Jamaican stipulation as to the date for Jamaican Independence. It was then decided to embargo the news of the date – already predicted in The Gleaner – until midnight tonight. The following communiqué was issued: “Jamaican Independence Conference Date of Independence agreed. The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr Maulding) announced at this morning’s (Thursday, February 8) plenary session of the Jamaica Independence Conference now being held at Lancaster House, London, that the British Government were quite agreeable to the suggestion put forward by the Jamaica delegation for the date of Independence. This date will be the first Monday in August of this year, August 6, 1962. REPORT Britain has agreed that Jamaica – linked with Britain for three hundred years – will emerge as an independent nation on August 6, from the wreckage of an ill-fatedWest Indies Federation. This decision was announced in a communiqué issued after yesterday’s of the Jamaican Constitutional Conference which opened at Lancaster House February 1, and charted a new freedom constitution for Jamaica. The conference will end today with formal closing speeches and the issue of the report on conclusions of the conference. This report will include details of the Constitution, which Jamaican delegates said would have strongly entrenched clauses to safeguard against any dictatorship seizing power in the island. A communiqué released at midnight said “The Secretary of State AUGUST 6 (THIS YEAR) INDEPENDENCE DAY National holiday first Monday that month Norman Manley Sir Alexander Bustamante THE GLEANER ARCHIVES Jamaica Stock Exchange opens Rock ‘tone a ribba bottom no feel sun hot TRANSLATION: A stone at the bottom of the river never feels the heat of the sun. (Beckwith) EXPLANATION: Those in easy circumstances do not realise the hardship of others. (Anderson, Cundall) OLE TIME PEOPLE USED TO SAY ... STOCK EXCHANGE STARTS: Minister of Finance and Planning the Hon Edward Seaga at the board of the Jamaica Stock Exchange on the afternoon of January 31, 1969, after he had declared it open and taken part in the first transition. Looking on (from right) are three stockbroker-members of the exchange – Messrs Tony Lloyd, Haglas Golding and Edward Gayle and (at left) Sir Neville Ashenheim, Mr Hart Richards, Mr Earle Maynler and Mr Stanley Motta. THE GLEANER ARCHIVES 1969 ‘LET’S TRADE’ PLEASE SEE AUGUST 6, 4

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