Nelson Island, the place which once served as the detention centre of some of the most famous citizens of our country, is about to be refurbished as part of a comprehensive restoration project by the National Trust of Trinidad and Tobago. The project will be officially launched on Friday, August 17th at a special ceremony on the island, by Senator the Honourable Minister of Community Development, Culture and Gender Affairs, Joan Yuille Williams. Once the restoration is completed, the island promises to become a vibrant and thriving source of eco-friendly and historical tourism, not just for foreign visitors but for the people of this nation as well.

The history of this heritage site is a checkered and fascinating one…

The name of the island comes from Neilson, a British citizen who was regarded as its proprietor. Its first buildings were built in 1802, by enslaved Africans and in 1866 it was established as a point of disembarkation for indentured Indians. During the 2nd World War, all persons with Austrian or German passports, largely Jews, were interned on the island. Also interned during the 2nd World War was Tubal Uriah Buzz Butler. More recently, in 1970, it was the place on which several political detainees were held. Amongst them were George Weekes, former head of the OWTU, Makandal Daaga, head of the NJAC, Kafra Kambon, head of the Emancipation Support Committee and Efebo Wilkinson, poet and former Permanent Secretary.

In the coming weeks, members of the public will be provided with information about the progress of the restoration, as work continues apace to restore this beautiful aspect of our national patrimony.

"Using the Power of the Word" is the theme of the presentation being delivered by Eintou Pearl Springer today, May 29th, as part of the Scarborough Library Showcase 2007. Ms. Springer will use excerpts from her writings to encourage secondary school students from Tobago to experience the joys of reading, writing and the literary works of Caribbean and International writers.

Ms. Springer, former Director of the National Heritage Library of Trinidad and Tobago, is an educator with vast experience in working with young people from Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and all over the world. In addition, this award winning actress, successfully uses her knowledge of ‘Theatre in Education’ techniques and ‘Popular Theatre’ methods to create alternative teaching tools for ‘At Risk Youth’.

Her family company, the Idakeda Group, recently completed an extremely well received nation-wide tour of schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago, using one of her plays ‘Baby Doll Meets Midnight Robber’, to impart positive messages to secondary school students and encourage them to make the ‘Right Choices’ in their lives.

September 26, 2007

Collection of Eintous plays coming

A full collection the plays of Eintou Springers play will published in the near future Her plays have all evolved from work within the community some of the play were first stories in the family for generations or created by Eintou in the traditional mould
September 20, 2007

Eintous play Canboulay on stage for Best Village

The oneact play Canboulay written by Eintou Pearl Springer and performed in the streets for the last three years at the beginning of the Carnival season will now hit the stage at the Best Village competition this year
September 15, 2007

Eintous reading at Blue Edition a success

Poet Laureate of Port of Spain gives poetry devotees another peak into her mind with readings from her body of poetry spanning some three decades
August 27, 2007

Eintou Springer reading this Wednesday at Tapia

Author Eintou Pearl Springer will share her thoughts and words atTapia House this Wednesday August 29 at 7 pm as part of theConversations in the Convoire series
August 16, 2007

Idakeda Coordinates Launch of Major Restoration Project of Nelson Island

July 11, 2007

A new Springer script celebrates Emancipation

A new Springer script celebrates Emancipation
June 29, 2007

Insights for the Educator

Insights for the Educator
June 28, 2007

Nelson Island Refurbishment

Idakeda brings its Event Management skills to the Nelson Island refurbishment project
May 29, 2007

Eintou Pearl Springer takes part in Scarborough Library Showcase