About This Blog

1968 was an important year in the life of Carriacou. It was the beginning of the road to independence. Eric Gairy and the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP for Action) had been elected to Parliament in 1967. The airport was opened and Bishops College was showing itself as an educational establishment of some renown. I was lucky enough to teach there from September 1967 to July 1968. I was keen to record the events during my time in Carriacou and took hundreds of photographs.

I recently purchased a clever scanner which allows me to copy all the negatives and view scenes that had lain in a drawer for over 40 years. I sent examples to old friends in Carriacou and received a number of positive responses and a demand for more.

So Sarana, this is for you. I hope many other Carriacouans will find the photos of interest. I would like people to add any comments to fill out gaps in my fading knowledge. Most of all I just want people to enjoy the chance to view old scenes and chat.

62 Responses to About This Blog

  1. Hi Billy,
    It was the Grenada United Labour Party. Generally you are doing a wonderful job. So far you have only posted photo’s of sunblisters, hopefully by tommorrow you should download some more Carriacou photos to the website, I am yet to see my parents etc…..You were a real stray way..as we say overhere, everywhere d pan beat u day………I know now why u can’t find my christening pics, u left before i was born. Why did u have to leave so soon……..I am mad at you for leaving the time u did.

  2. Great idea Bill. Got any old photos of the 1980s in Cumbria?

  3. perron says:

    unbelievable photos hope you have some more of petite martinique………great work…i stumbled upon this by accident and i was stuck here for 4 hours……amazing…..!!!!!

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thank you for the comment. Glad you find the site interesting. I do have other photos of PM which I will be putting up. The next few blogs will be about ‘sea and ships’ with a few comments and photos about Zepherine McLaren who recently passed away.

    • billcameronphotography says:

      Thanks for your interest. I will be putting up more photos of PM, boat building and a short piece about the late, great Zepherine McLaren who died recently. Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see. Best wishes Bill

  4. perron francis says:

    hey bill i just showed some of my fellow petite matiniquenians your blog…and they are amazed.!!…i have shown the younger folks the picts of PM and its just amazing the way they now view pm…i was just a few months old when those were taken but i can relate to those pictures…once again…..thank you so much for preserving the past!!…..great work!…thank you! thank you!

  5. Robert Martineau says:

    Hi Bill, I just found this site and i am impressed with it. I am collecting pictures of past vessels built in Carriacou and Petite Martinique and I noticed there is a few on this site. Can I get a copy of the ones you have please. Thank you.

  6. Bill Cameron says:

    Please give URL of the site you want a link from.

  7. Margaret says:

    We’re looking for old photos of Main Street in Hillsborough–there was a factory (stone structure?) of which remains only a foundation/basement and a wall that was probably part of a separate structure. The location along Main Street is next door to the now vacant building on the corner that belonged to John & Maria Scott…directly across the street, today, is the St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church. If you have any images that are likely to be or include the building described, please send them to us at magsepps@gmail.com … thanks!

  8. Glenroy Alleyne says:

    Hey Bill,
    You took a wonderful photo of Bishop’s College (there was a copy at our home in Barbados) If you still have the negative, I’d like to see it again; and most likely former BC students would enjoy seeing the old school as well.

    Glenroy “Rufie”

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thanks for that comment Rufie. I’m not sure which photo that was. I will look thru the negatives and see if I can see which one you mean. Was there anyone in the photo or other distinguishing feature? Bill

      • Glenroy "Rufie" Alleyne says:

        Bill, There was no one in the photo, just the college from the back entrance (seems like you took it from the headmaster’s residence across the street)

    • Chris says:

      Hey Glenroy,
      Sorry to butt in like this, but are you related to the late Mr. Alleyne, the former principal of Bishop’s College…. Please e-mail your response to me at the christophe32us@yahoo.com

      • Glenroy says:

        Hello Chris,

        Yes, he was my dad. I am the older of the 2 sons who accompanied my parents during their time in Carriacou.

  9. Margaret says:

    Hi – I’d contacted you before about the property in Hillsborough, trying to track down a photo of the original building just down from the church.

    Since we last spoke I’ve set up a website (www.CarriacouToday.com) and I’d love to promote your collection with an article and a few photos in the Lifestyle/Entertainment/Art section. If I can use one of the images as Shot of the Day, I can link it to the article itself on the site.

    Hope you’re well,


    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Margaret,
      I had a look at your website. I like it a lot. Do you know about Chris Cudgoe’s facebook group page called ‘Grenada and the Southern Grenadines’. It’s very interesting. Re- your request. That sounds fine. What sort of an article are you looking for? Do you want me to write something? Use of an image will be fine. I just ask you to acknowledge the photographer and, as you say, link it to the Carriacou1968 blog. Thanks for getting in touch. I shall look forward to hearing from you again.

  10. Capt Art Ross says:

    ahoy Bill, I was doing a search looking for my old friend Eutha McLaren and came across your blog. What you have is so wonderful and I’m wondering if your in touch with Alexis whose making the C’cou film? I have lost touch since last season with Eutha, any idea how I could find her? I have an unpublished autobiography og Linton Rigg, and much of his personal papers and photos as well as a relaese from his family to publish a book. You’ve so much from your time there, would you be able to share a few pictures..? Thank you..where are you by the way? I live in Bucks County PA, and spend much of the winters in the Grenadines. Happy holidays! cheers, Art

  11. William "Billy" Mott says:

    I was sent these group of pictures right around my fathers birthday May 3, and, as he had passed in 2007, seeing them for the first time ever in 2012 of him as a young vibrant vital handsome devil in 1967-8 was like a call from heaven. AMAZING! Pictures are worth a thousand thousand words. God bless men like Bill Cameron. I grew up hearing his name once in a while when we perused the old albums and even toyed with naming a son Cameron (got 2 girls though, but that makes a nice girl name too) so it is like a reward from heaven, like a “Well done my son” from God to see these pictures of me and my mother Louise and father Bill from 45 years ago. God bless you Bill…more.

  12. Martha Nurse-Enoe says:

    Hi Bill:

    Do you have any photo’s of the Martineau Family in Carriacou. I was born in Windward Carriacou 1957. My grand-mother moved to Tobago her name was Martha Martineau. Her mother name was Annie Martineau-Patrice and Father Simon Martineau. I am looking to see if anyone has old photo’s. I found all my family in Tobago and seeing on a regular basis.

    Your site is excellent.

    Thank you.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Martha,
      I have photos of Laurel on the site. You may have seen her in some of the posts e.g. carnival. She appears in a number of photos. She was attending Bishop’s College at the time having come up from Tobago. Sadly, I think she is the only member of the family that I photographed. I will certainly let you know if I come across any others. Thank you for getting in touch.

    • Janine says:

      Martha Martineau was my grandmother.

    • Robert Martineau says:

      Hi Martha
      I am a Martineau from Windward, Carriacou.
      Can you Please get in contact with me via email

  13. C Enoe says:

    Capt art Ross, I am in contact with Alexis. My family is featured
    In the book that he is doing… Nice job Bill.

    • Linda Samuel says:

      The name Alexis is also a familiar name in and around the house in 1960-68… until I left Carriacou. He must have lived near the gospel hall?
      Related to Tan May?

  14. Christopher Enoe says:

    Nice job

  15. Christopher Enoe says:

    Capt Art Ross I am in contact with Alexis.
    My family is featured in his books.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Yes, I believe so Chris. Alex told me all about your family’s involvement. He also sent me copies of his books. They are beautiful things in their own right. I think your family built ‘Genesis’ am I right? There is a guy over here in Devon in a place called Topsham who is, at present, stripping down an old Thames barge (50 to 70 feet long I think) to its bare bones and restoring it to its original condition. He’s doing it on his own, with her beached up by the quay. I intend to get some photos and when I do I’ll send them to you, if you are interested. Anyway, good to hear from you Chris. Keep in touch. I hope to get over to C’cou in the not too distant. Are you based in Windward? If you see those Stiell ‘boys’ i.e. Anthony et al send ’em my regards.

  16. Art says:

    Hi Bill, sometime in this next week I should have a book to send you..could you send me your address please. Today was so strange, just finished up the book with publisher and was driving home when Eutha called me! Said she lost my number for 2 years ago and had allot of personal issues but was so sweet, got messages from me but had no number..sort of an island time thing, anyway was wonderful to speak with her and we made tentative plans to meet in Carriacou. Would you like me to add your website address to the book, can still do that..all my best, Art

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Art,
      Glad things are going well and delighted you and Eutha are back in touch. I think I did write to say that I would be very happy for you to add my website address.
      Thank you,

  17. Bill Cameron says:

    Margo Owchar

    Well, I hope I lucked out. I googled Eutha Goodings and found this site which is using her Maiden name McLaren. I am trying to contact Eutha as well and I believe she retired from Canada back to the islands. If you could give me a contact e-mail, number or even the web-site she u had for rental properties, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Originally posted on 15/10/2013

  18. Angus Friday says:

    I was in Carriacou in 1972 and travelled to Frigate Island … going past Camp Carriacou. Too young at the time to study there. Later on, I had hoped to study Marine Biology, but did Medicine due to availability of scholarships. Luckily, later in life I became involved with islands, climate change and oceans having recently served chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) at the UN while serving as Grenada’s UN Ambassador, then as the World Bank’s Oceans Representative and now as Grenada’s Ambassador to the US where Grenada teamed up with the Netherlands, Norway, the US and Indonesia to put on the Global Ocean Action Summit in the Hague earlier this year (2014). Grenada’s Prime Minister recently teamed up with Sir Richard Branson (Virgin) and others on Necker Island to launch the Caribbean Challenge Initiative with TNC. Grenada has committed to conserve 20% of its near shore marine resources. Now, I am working with others to help Grenada / Carriacou become a haven for marine science and “the blue economy” with a small amount of funding to catalyse a “blue economy institute”. We are always seeking persons who are nostalgic for Camp Carriacou and might wish to see Carriacou and Grenada play a greater role in marine science, technology and policy. Happy to discuss further.

    • Steve Alexander says:

      Ambassador Friday, I am in Washington, D. C. I do like you interest in marine science with particular reference to Carriacou. I had a role to play in the initial stages of the Sandy Island Oyster Bed MPA (SIOBMPA) and now involved in efforts to preserve and protect our tangible and intangible heritage in Carriacou and Petite Martinique. I would like to meet with you at some convenient time to discuss some of these initiatives.

  19. Ramesh says:

    Hi bill, I am looking for old photos of the grand cay in windward harbour. The pictures will be used in a presentation to the BNTF on climate change and it’s effects on the coastline in carriacou. Any picture showing grand cay with land or vegetation will help us earn a grant that will ultimately be used build coastal defenses in windward and rehabilitate the area we have already lost to the rising sea levels.
    Looking forward to your reply.


    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Ramesh,
      Thank you for writing in. I hope you have received the photos I have sent you and I hope they are useful to your very worthy cause.May I draw your attention to Dr Angus Friday’s comments and wonder if they have any bearing on what you are trying to achieve.

  20. euthamclaren says:

    Tranquillity Carriacou will be ready for visitors. The last thing was the inspection of the new electric metre
    and repair of put a new pump.
    Take care and see you soon.

    Best wishes, Eutha

  21. Robert Reid says:

    I had the opportunity to teach diving medicine and SCUBA at the Camp Carriacou in 1972 when I was a second year medical student at Queen’s University in Kingston Canada. Parts of the camp were still under construction and a desalinator had just been brought in. We filled tanks every evening in a small hut near the warf. We did our diving from a small local fishing boat (captain was Victor) over at Sandy Island and sailed two 45 foot catamarans (one captained by Frank Boeghart) . We visited and dove at Palm Island and throughout the Tobago Cays in the last couple of weeks of camp. Earl Gray was the camp doctor whom I assisted when we had a student hit by a car (riding a bike on the wrong side of the road….survived but lacerations and broken legs). Other staff were Ron Wilson, Gail Wilson, Don Cuffe, Eric Cunningham, Gord ?, Mary Ellen ?, and Fran ?. Jee in Pak was my Korean roommate who taught Hap Ki Do karate to the students that summer. Sailed to Grenada and visited banana groves and “Seven Falls”. Many great memories: Steel band at the Mermaid Inn, playing soccer against a team from a British navy ship, crab races, variety nights, hairy pork rinds for bacon. Remember 9 fun filled weeks and many wonderful acquaintances. I have many pictures of the camp the way it looked at the time and of the adventures. Happy to share if anyone interested. Bob Reid (now Professor of Ob/Gyn at Queen’s University)

  22. Hi Bill,

    I wrote to you on what must of been a much older version of this fascinating blog you have created. When I discover what I actually wrote then I’ll post it on.

    I have visited Carriacou three times now, twice whilst sailing. This time I came as a land visitor as I had an outstanding ticket to Grenada which I needed to use up. I was totally fascinated by your record and I felt a little bit sad that the agricultural land down by Dumfries and the old Roses Lime Juice plant, was totally neglected and some marked for real estate purposes I think. So wrong as the soil is rich. Water of course in short. I wondered why there was no reserviors? The land is perfect for crop cultivation of all sorts but it seems nobody is interested in investing in that. Shame.

    I loved your pictures and wanted to show them to some of the local people in Harvey Vale but unfortunately I had to cut my holiday a little short on the island.

    I was surprised how few people who live on the island knew, or were even aware of your recordings. I’ll have to have another browse through and add some more comments. Thanks for this extremely interesting blog.

    Best wishes, Vanessa Fowler.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Thanks Vanessa. You seem to have noted some of the problems on C’cou in such a short stay. Water is definitely a problem. When I was living there they did have underground reservoirs up in the hills behind Hillsborough though I think I was told on my last visit they have fallen into disrepair which is sad. There was an attempt to restore the old Lime plantation to agricultural use, I believe, but it came to nought. Again, a real pity. I’ve got over a hundred followers on my database. I did have a request from the Curator of the museum service to put up a photo exhibition in Grenada and C’cou. I think he is trying to get some funding but I’ve not heard from him for a while!!! It’s a great idea but would cost a bob or two to put it on.
      All the best, Bill

      • Hello again Bill, I just read your reply as I found your blog on the Camp Carriacou site which is great because I can easily go through it all again and properly too. Can you tell me how you ended up staying on the Island please?

        I was on another site yesterday and saw a real estate advert. I don’t know if you have seen it yourself but I am hoping it’s not the agriculture land that is for sale. That would be so wrong. That land is rich and if poss be kept for that purpose.

        Looking at the pictures again made me very excited and I do love that place and despite all I will have to go back there again. How annoying is that? (joking). I will have to plan better this time as I want to walk all round the island and having a friend to share that journey, is good, I feel.

        There are so many little FB pages about the island that I drool over and feel so like I miss it. I went to a cricket match at the stadium by Paradise Beach. It was fun. Such enthusiam.

        So I do feel another visit is looming for me and this time with a pal who likes to walk and observe and drink a few beers in the evening. Maybe head for February for Jouvert time? And maybe stay over Hilsborough way this time. Any tips much appreciated.

        All the best,

  23. KennyD says:

    Any pics of “Brother Ned”? (Famous resident of the island)

  24. Jocelyn Colasuonno says:

    Bill, reading your blog was a good trip down memory lane. I attended Bishop’s College when you were a teacher, but I can’t remember you at all, I think is because you never taught my class. My sisters Gemma and Emma also were students, our last name was David.
    I try to go back to Carriacou every 2 yrs, I’ll be going again in Oct.
    Thanks so much again for this blog.

  25. Dushanna Milla says:

    Hello Bill, nice site do you have any pictures of any Carnival Queens in Carriacou in the years you reside there. Thanks

  26. Simon Lee says:

    Hi Bill-stumbled on your fantastic blog while trying to find out if Leonora “Masima’ Noel-who was alive last year at age of 117 is still alive. Apart from that I’m another Carriacou aficianado. Went there first 1997 with Carib canoe from Dominica and many times since as I’m a Caribbean music specialist and met Canute Calliste -famed naive painter and master musician. Any Big Drum, Nation Dance or related pix in yr collection? I’ve just relocated to Grenada after 30 years in Trinidad and hoping to head up Carriacou before Xmas.

    • Bill Cameron says:

      Hi Simon, Thank you for getting in touch. Your Carib canoe expedition sounds fascinating. I just looked it up. Did you travel in the canoe named ‘Gli-Gli’? I’d love to hear more about that voyage. Sounds fascinating.
      Pretty well all the photos I took are on this website. My paintings of Carriacou are on billcameronart.co.uk Could I make a request please? If you have any photos or info of your voyage I will gladly show them on this site if you didn’t mind. As a Caribbean music specialist I wonder if you have come across Alan Lomax tapes such as ‘Saraca’ and ‘Carriacou Calaloo’ produced by Rounder.
      All the best,

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