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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.

October 19, 2007

Eintou Springers Canboulay wins Best Village award

The play Canboulay which documents the struggles and triumphs of stickfighter Roy and set against the background of the 1881 Canboulay riots has won the Best Village award for Best Original script
October 12, 2007

Roger BonairAgard headlines National Poetry Festival

Finally hes coming The fast moving smooth talking champion of the Spoken Word Roger BonairAgard will be home for the First Annual National Poetry Festival
October 3, 2007

Malick stages Canboulay for Best Village Finals

Award winning community arts group the Malick Folk Performers will take Eintou Pearl Springers play Canboulay to the finals of the Prime Ministers Best Village Trophy Competition next week
October 3, 2007

I Hyarima to be performed for Amerindian Heritage Day

Eintous play I Hyarima which focuses on the great Nepuyo war chief Hyarima will be performed on Amerindian Heritage Day October 14th 2007
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