Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


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Some 19 or 20 years ago, when I was a member of the Board of the National Cultural Foundation, our Heritage Sub-Committee proposed that Queen’s Park be made National Heroes Park, as it could comfortably accommodate a dozen heroes (and I hope Sir Frank Worrell and TT Lewis will finally make up that dozen). But that was not to be.

Mr. Leonard St. Hill made a very cogent suggestion some years ago… go with the flow of the re-landscaping of “the square”. He pointed out that the landscape architect’s design literally divides it into two – an area around Nelson, which could remain Trafalgar Square, and it’s about the size of his quarter-deck; and the area around the War Memorial – the larger square, which could now be called Hero’s Square, just big enough to accommodate National Hero the Right Excellent Samuel Jackman Prescod in comfort.

Travel and postal conundrums

When I was a boy at The Lodge School, my mother was a country postmistress for St. John. We were a letter writing family, and she could exchange letters with family in New York and London in eight days – four days each way by plane and eight or nine by boat, I think. In those days the planes had to stop in Bermuda to refuel on the London flights. And it cost 12 cents to post a letter air mail to London, if I recall correctly.

In contrast, while in the UK recently, I ordered a Day Planner refill – about two pounds of packaged paper – on January 31st; to be delivered by courier, at great cost! It reputedly arrived at the UPS office in Barbados on Tuesday January the ninth! In spite of daily phone calls, a lost faxed invoice and daily promises, the package never made it to the QEH until Monday the 15th! AND they had the gall to charge me $23 dollars handling charges at this end and duty of $24 dollars on two pounds of paper!

Compare progress – four day air mail service for 12 cents in 1957 and 16 day courier service for about 1000 times the price! I’m wondering if I should do a controlled trial with the other courier services.

Tribute to the Honourable Oliver Jackman

I returned home on Thursday to hear the sad news of the death of the Honourable Oliver Jackman. Oliver was truly an honourable and marvelous man – liked and respected by all lucky enough to know him, and without any doubt whatsoever the doyen of columnists in Barbados for many years. We join in sending our sincere sympathy to his wife and son and many close friends and family.

Henry Fraser Historic Houses Of Barbados Book CoverHistoric Houses of Barbados
Written by Henry Fraser & Ronnie Huges.
Available at all book leading book stores in Barbados.

Henry Fraser Treasures Of Barbados Book CoverTreasures of Barbados
Written by Sir George Alleyne and edited by Henry Fraser.
Available at the UWI Bookshop the publishers.

Henry Fraser Chattle House Book CoverBarbados Chattel Houses
Written by Henry Fraser and Bob Kiss.
Available at all leading book stores.

Henry Fraser A-Z Barbados Book CoverA-Z of Barbados Heritage
Written by Sean Carrington, Henry Fraser, John Gilmore and Addington Forde.
Available at Days Bookstore Barbados and

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