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    Cenotaph in 1963 and 2004

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    The Cenotaph war memorial, with Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and British Army flags for locals who were in British services in World Wars 1 and 2 in in front of the Cabinet Building.

    Inside the Cabinet building, visitors can see original oil paintings of Bermuda's 17th century colonial fathers and portraits of King George III (1760-1820) and Queen Charlotte by Court Painter Allen Ramsey. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Bush; British Prime Ministers Macmillan, Heath and Thatcher; and Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and Prince Charles sat at the circular table. You can also see the Bermuda cedar chair made for Governor Josias Forster in 1642, when Parliament was in the Town of St. George.

    I don't remember going to the Cabinet building during either visit although I took a photo of the cenotaph in 1963 and a picture of both the Cabinet building and the Cenotaph in 2004

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    "In the glass case is the Black Rod, an instrument of office fashioned by the Crown Jewelers in London, carried by the police officer summoning the 40 elected politicians and the 11 appointed senators to the Opening or Convening of Parliament every autumn. The Governor reads a lengthy, locally written annual Throne Speech, covering intended future local events from the perspective of the political party in power."

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    First Bermuda Stamps and Post Office

    by grandmaR Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Mr. William B. Perot of Par-La-Ville was officially appointed Bermuda's first Post Master in 1821. In 1848, he shared the post office with apothecary James Heyl. Perot enjoyed gardening more than dealing with letters and collecting postage (see the lovely park behind the post office), so Heyl was often left minding the store.

    For convenience, Heyl made up a sheet of 12 postmarks that he had Perot sign, and then sold them for a shilling. Folks cut them apart and fixed them to their letters. Only 11 of these original stamps remain, but in November, 1985, a 'Perot stamp' fetched $92,000 at a New York stamp auction.

    The original post office is still in operation and it's also a perfect place from which to send postcards. Bob went to visit the post office while I went to the Historical Society Museum in the Library.

    When we visited in 2004, it was not yet open when we walked by it.

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    Par-La-Ville Gardens

    by grandmaR Written Jun 1, 2003

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    Behind the post office on Queen Street in downtown Hamilton, Par-la-Ville Park was once the private garden of the island's first postmaster (1819). Mr. Perot enjoyed finding exotic plants from throughout the world and placing them in Par-la-Ville. In 1847, in planted an Indian rubber tree seed that has grown to a huge size. Mark Twain once said that he was disappointed that the tree didn't bear a crop of hot water bottles and rubber overshoes.

    After Bob and I finished our visits to the Perot Post Office and Historical Society, we walked through this garden on our way back to the hotel.

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    Slide Lectures

    by grandmaR Updated May 3, 2003

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    The Hamilton Princess had slide presentations several days a week. They were free, and you didn't have to be a guest at the hotel to go.

    One of them was extremely informative about the architecture of Bermuda and enabled us to appreciate it much more.

    The other talk was on the plants and animals of Bermuda. We got other information on that at Spittal Pond and the Botanical Guarden.

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    Satisfaction: Excellent

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