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Jamaican Firsts | New dollar makes sense

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AM
1962 Special Independence Feature Senate passes Urban Development Corporation Bill - March 16, 1968
ALL SET TO GO, Mrs. Dorothy Ebanks, the first woman driver to be employed by Jamaica Omnibus Services is about to begin her first day's work as a bus driver. Picture was taken yesterday morning at Victoria Park just before Mrs. Ebanks started her trip on Route 10 which operates downtown and Jack's Hill.
Output of Broilers zoom - Nov 7, 1959
This new all-steel body Leyland "Worldmaster" passenger bus, the first of its kind to be built in Jamaica, will shortly be put into service on the Kingston-Montego Bay route by its owner the Mayflower Service. Here it is displayed on October 7, 1957.
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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.

 

Make way!

 

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.

 

Broilers boom

 

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.

 

World master

 

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.