Jamaican Firsts | New dollar makes sense
In The Gleaner of March, 16, 1968, there was a bold proclamation announcing that Jamaica would be converting to dollars and cents as of September 1969. This was surely a historic moment for the island. Goodbye, pound sterling and all its vestiges; hello, Jamaican dollar and new possibilities.
ALL SET to go, Dorothy Ebanks, the first woman driver to be employed by Jamaica Omnibus Services began her first day's work as a bus driver on August 15, 1969. This picture was taken at Victoria Park just before Ebanks started her trip on Route 10, which operated downtown and Jacks Hill.
On November 7, 1969, it was reported that the newly opened Jamaica Broilers plant in Spring Gardens, St Catherine, had managed to begin processing about 18,000 chickens per week. This was a major increase from the 3,000 birds per week the plant had been processing. Of course, time has proven that this was just an early example of the many successes Jamaica Broilers would have in the following decades.
In this October 7, 1957 photo, a new all-steel body Leyland 'Worldmaster' passenger bus, the first of its kind to be built in Jamaica, was featured. The caption stated that the bus would shortly be put into service on the Kingston-Montego Bay route by its owner, the Mayflower Service.