Sunday 30 October 2022

Trinidad and Tobago Folklore

Gerard Besson, founder of Paria Publishing, is a well-known raconteur of Trinidad's folklore.
We thought we'd share again Jerry's wonderful presentations recorded by Loop TT, which are like a good book - worth seeing (reading) again! Just click on the picture above to see them on Loop.
And of course you can get his three books about Trinidad Folklore, "Folklore & Legends of Trinidad and Tobago", "The Voice in the Govi" and his first ever work, "Tales of the Paria Main Road". They are available in select local bookstores and online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Bookshop:

Wednesday 14 September 2022

Paria Remembers HM the Queen's Visit to Trinidad in 1966

From 7–10 February 1966, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Trinidad and Tobago on her Caribbean Commonwealth tour. They were hosted here by Governor-General Sir Solomon Hochoy. Here are some photos of the occasion from the Reid Collection in our archives.

Thursday 16 June 2022

The Trinidad Census of 1946

This Trinidad and Tobago Government Census was taken in 1946, and published in 1948. It was executed by Noel Bowen and Blazini Montserin and was the last pre-Independence census. This is the section with the tables on "Population" and "Race and Nationalities", which has population statistics going back to 1733.

Cover image of the 1948 publication
Passenger exchange between tram and omnibus

Trinidad Population statistics of 1733, 1789 and 1797
Broadway in Port of Spain looking North toward Marine Square

Population statistics 1797 to 1946

Population and economic statistics by county 1837 to 1946

Population statistics by birth place, marital status and age 1851 to 1946
Vital statistics 1851 to 1946, population statistics by race and birth place

The Governor inspects the troops in front of the train station

Historical background to the race and nationality statistical data

Population statistics and historical background of East Indian descended population 1851 to 1946