Category: Museum Monday

Daily Photo – November 28, 2016

Capt Roland Roberts and Harold Lowe with Turtle

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay

It’s Museum Monday! Today’s photo shows Captain Roland Roberts (left) and Harold Lowe with a large turtle. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, turtle fishing was a lucrative occupation. Whereas a full day’s work earned a Green Turtle Cay labourer less than two shillings, one hawksbill turtle shell could bring in £8-10.

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Daily Photo – October 31, 2016

Making Rope - Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Making Rope – Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Today’s Museum Monday photo is from the early to mid-1900s, and features local men making rope. Rope was commonly made from locally grown sisal. I don’t know who the people are in the image, but the photograph was taken on the road between Sundowners and the freight dock.

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Daily Photo – October 10, 2016

Cane Mill, Green Turtle Cay

Image courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Early in the 20th century, Green Turtle Cay residents grew sugar cane, from which they would extract cane juice, using a mill such as the one above. The cane juice would be boiled down to make syrup, which was used in place of more expensive, imported sugar. Though this photo shows men and boys turning the mill wheel, at other times, it was pulled by a horse.

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Daily Photo – September 12, 2016

Wedding of Clarence and Lillian Pedican

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Today’s Museum Monday photograph was taken on May 2, 1938 at the Green Turtle Cay marriage of Clarence Pedican and Lillian Saunders. Sadly, Lillian would die in 1956 at just 36 years old. And though Clarence would remarry the following year, that marriage was short lived. In 1959, Clarence was lost at sea from a crawfish boat traveling to Florida.

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Daily Photo – August 15, 2016

Historic Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum

Today’s Museum Monday photo shows the settlement of New Plymouth, as well as Black Sound and, in the distance, Pelican and No Name Cays.

Note that at the time this photo was taken, the Gillam Bay point, as we know it, did not exist. Above and to the right of the point is a sandbar, to which my grandmother and other older Green Turtle residents recalled walking at low tide to gather shells. Over time, the land between the point and the bar filled in to create what is now the Gillam Bay point.

This photo is a great reminder of how the shores of the cay ebb and flow over time.

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Daily Photo – July 25, 2016

Green Turtle Cay Historic Photo

Photo from the collection of Carolyn (Albury) Diedrick.

This Museum Monday photo is from my mom’s collection. It’s interesting for two reasons.

First, it shows where the road from town used to end — the concrete steps leading to the school would be to the right of this photo. On the far left is the property opposite the school on which the teacher’s residence was built and where the Green Turtle Cay Volunteer Fire Station stands today.

Second, it features a current resident of the cay, who I hope will forgive me for posting this. Can you guess who he is? And can anyone identify the young lady?

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Daily Photo – July 18, 2016

Sandra Reilly and Mrs. Marguerite Pindling -- Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

Writer Sandra Riley presents her book, Homeward Bound, to Lady Marguerite Pindling, wife of then Prime Minister Lynden Pindling. Behind them hangs a portrait of shipbuilder Albert Lowe painted by Mr. Lowe’s son Alton, and featured on the cover of Homeward Bound.

In honour of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Albert Lowe Museum, each Monday’s daily photo during 2016 will be a historic image from Green Turtle Cay or Abaco.

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Daily Photo – July 4, 2016

Museum Monday Photo - Little House by the Ferry

Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas

Bahamian artist and historian Alton Lowe and Michelle Roberts of Green Turtle Cay present the New Plymouth flag to Key West Mayor Charles McCoy during the first Island Roots Heritage Festival, held November 1977 in Key West.

During 2016, in honour of the 40th anniversary of the opening of the Albert Lowe Museum, each Monday’s daily photo will be a historic image from Green Turtle Cay or Abaco.

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Daily Photo – May 30, 2016

Methodist Church, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Built during the mid- to late-1800s on the property east of where the town administration buildings stand today, Green Turtle Cay’s Methodist Church could seat 1,200 people. The structure was one of many destroyed during the hurricane of 1932.

UPDATE: Thank you, eagle-eyed readers! Though it looks similar, I believe the building in this image is actually the New Plymouth Inn, post 1932 hurricane and prior to its conversion from private home to a hotel.

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