This listing was compiled initially from Foster’s Postal History and additional notes from him passed to Derek Sutcliffe.

The notes state that from:

·      1782 to 1881 information was taken from the Almanacs of Jamaica

·      From 1881 onwards the Handbook of Jamaica (which replaced the Jamaica Almanac)

·      From 1904 onwards the full names of these officers were found from various editions of Who’s Who in Jamaica and information from letters from the Institute of Jamaica.

 

Further information has been extracted, by Steve Jarvis, from editions of the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

 

Prior to 1860 the Post Masters for Jamaica were appointed by the Post Master General in London, and their appointments would not appear in the Government lists, when made.

 

Acting

From

PMG

From

Absence

From

PMG

To

Postmaster

 

Notes

 

1671

 

 

Gabriel Martin

 

Appointed by the Legislative Council of Jamaica on 31st October 1671, but does not appear to have held the post for very long.

 

1687

 

 

James Wales

 

Appointed in November 1687 by the Earl of Rochester (Postmaster General), and did not hold the position any length of time.

 

1691

 

1700

Thomas Neale

 

Appointed by a Crown Patent of 17th February 1691 to the position of Postmaster of all the offices in the Americas.

 

1700

 

1701

Andrew Hamilton

Robert West

 

A joint administration which was assigned to these two gentlemen by Thomas Neale.

 

1702

 

 

Thomas Wood

 

Appointed by Edmund Dummer in accordance with the terms of his contract with the Post Office. Probably held office until 1711.

 

1721

 

 

Robert Baldwyn

John Cleaves

Gilbert Kennedy

 

These three gentlemen were taken into custody at this time and charged with exacting money for letters, and were probably acting as Postmasters with some authority.

 

1725 or

1726

 

1726 or

1727

Thomas Bartlet

 

He was accused of extorting money for letters under the power of a deputation from the Post Office in England.

 

1735

 

1737

Alexander McFarlane

 

Appointed by means of a warrant from Alexander Spotwood. Deputy Postmaster General in the Americas.

 

1744

 

 

James Angus

Peter Baldwin

Robert Baldwin

 

These three men were charged with extortion and had been acting as Postmasters.

 

1747

 

 

Lawrence Brodbelt

 

According to information from the Journals of Assembly.

 

1749

 

 

John Macculloch

 

Appointed by Elliot Benger. Deputy Postmaster General in the Americas. under a warrant of 23rd August 1749. Died shortly afterwards.

 

1749

 

1751

Mrs. Anna MaCulloch

 

Appointed to the office on the death of her husband by means of a warrant from the Governor.

 

1751

 

1754

William Graham

 

Held the position by virtue of a `farm' from Mrs. Anna Macculloch.

 

1754

 

1781

Edward Dismore

 

Appointed by the Postmaster General in April 1754 and in constant conflict with the local authorities.

 

1758

 

1759

Robert Lock

 

A local appointment of 19th October 1758 in place of Edward Dismore. The action was declared illegal on 15th December 1759.

 

1782

 

 

Thomas Gray

 

 

 

1783

 

1793

Francis Dashwood

 

A scandalous appointment! initially made on payment of £300 annually to a friend of Lord Carteret, the Postmaster General in London. Francis Dashwood's salary was £150 per annum!

 

1793

 

 

George Brooks

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All these appointments are taken from the Almanacs of Jamaica for those years.

 

1794

 

 

George Atkinson

 

1795

 

 

George Bogle

 

1796

 

1799

Glocester Wilson

 

1800

 

1806

John Smith

 

1807

 

1809

Benjamin Barbauld

 

1810

 

1817

John Milbourne Marsh

 

See biography

1822

 

 

 

David Watt

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Acting appointments from the Almanacs of those wars.

1823

 

 

 

John Wilson

 

1824 Feb 4

 

1832 Oct 17

William Jekyll Anstey

 

[Blue Book 1824] “Salary of £400 Sterling pa with an extra allowance of £228-2-6 pa to cover the contingencies of Office. = £879-7-6 Currency. The Deputy Postmaster General enjoys the exclusive privilege of franking Colonial newspapers to all parts of the Island of Jamaica, from which a profit is derived of about £2000 Currency. Net amount received by the Principal = £2056-13-11 Sterling, £2879-7-6 Currency.

1790-1846

 

 

 

 

 

 

Became Postmaster of Bath (UK) 18 Oct 1832 at a salary of £4,000 pa) dismissed  29 Nov 1833.

·  Birth: 1794 in Bath, Somersetshire, England

·  Burial: 22 Jul 1868 Kensington, London, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

Married

Balbina Isabella Franchi in Lisbon, Portugal

Children

1.     Julia Helen Anstey b: 1821 in Chelsea, London, England c: 14 Jun 1821 in Chelsea, London, England

2.    Balbina Emma Anstey b: 1823 in Chelsea, London, England

3.    Has No ChildrenSophia Anstey b: 1826

4.    Has No ChildrenLouisa Matilda Anstey b: 1827 in Jamaica

5.    Has No ChildrenWilliam Wilson Anstey b: 28 Jun 1827 in Kingston, Jamaica

6.    Has No ChildrenFrederick Thomas Senior Anstey b: 19 Mar 1829 in Kingston, Jamaica

7.    Has No ChildrenLaura Isabella Anstey b: 21 Jun 1831 in Kingston, Jamaica

8.     Has No ChildrenRobert Anstey b: 1834 in Bath, Somersetshire, England c: 11 Jun 1834 in Walcot, Somersetshire, England

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.    Frank Calvert Poussett Anstey b: 1836 in Weymouth, Dorset, England c: 4 May 1836 in Melcombe Regis, Dorset, England

10.  Has No ChildrenHerbert Anstey b: 1840 in Plymouth, Devon, England

11.  Fanny A Anstey b: 1846 in Kensington, London, England

 

1833

 

1834

???

 

TF says: No information available for these years, however …

 

1833

 

John Morce

 

Blue Book for 1833 states DPMG = John Morce with a footnote saying that Mr Morce, Acting DPMG died without having made any return of the Office – no dates of Office.

John Morce was inspector in the 1824 Almanac.

J. H. (James Henry) Lawrence-Archer, Monumental inscriptions of the British West Indies states: John Morce, esquire, for many years an eminent merchant of this city, latterly sergeant-at-arms of the honble. House of assembly, and acting deputy postimaster-general of this island.— he died on the ?? feby., 1834, aged 53 years

 

 

 

Blue Book for 1834 states: Anstey as DPMG but absent from Colony for whole year.

 

1833 Jul 19

 

 

Samuel Le Fevre

 

Declined the appointment

 

1833 Nov 25

 

1834 Jan 29

Samuel M’Quoid

 

Appointment cancelled

Born about 1796, Died 1867

 

1834 Feb 8

 

1834

Lord Sussex Lennox

 

Brother of Duke of Richmond – GB Postmaster General.

Blue Book for 1834 states: absent from Colony from Nov 1834

(1802 – 1874).

See Biography

 

1834 Oct 20

 

1850 Jul 2

John Wilson

 

Appointed by Rt. Hon. The Marquis of Cunningham on 20 Oct 1834 at a salary of £400 per annum, increased to £1500 in 1844.

Arrived in the island 16 Jan 1835 [Blue Book 1835]

 

1850 Sep 21

 

1860 Jul 31

Maurice O'Connor Morris

 

He was dismissed on 31st July 1860.

See biography

 

1860

 

1867/8

Alexander James Brymer

 

The first official Colonial appointment to the office.

Still in post 8 Jul 1867

See biography

 

1868 Mar 1

 

1870 Apr 20

W. Kemble

 

Date of First Appointment under Colonial Govt 1838.

Appt. PM 1 Mar 1868 Sal: £600

Resigned on pension of £180 pa 20 Apr 1870 [Blue Book 1870]

1869 Aug?

1870 May 1

 

1891 Oct 31

Fred. Sullivan

 

Chief Clerk PO 1 Mar 1861 to 30 Apr 1970

Acting PMG by 12 Aug 1869 according to PO Notice

PMG from 1 May 1870 to 31 Oct 1891 [CO137-547]

See biography

 

1891 Dec 8

1903 Sep 4

1903 Oct 13

George Henry Pearce

 

See biography

 

1903 Oct 13

 

1905 Jan 15

Alfred Henry Miles

 

See biography

 

1905 Jan 16

1914 Sep 10

1915 Mar 20

John Barkly Lucie-Smith

 

See biography

1906 Jul 16

 

1907 May 28

 

 

 

TH MacBayne

 

Chief Clerk to act as Postmaster for Jamaica (leave of absence for Lucie-Smith (Gazette 19 Jul 1906)

Also for 6 weeks from 18 May 1907 (Gazette 30 May 1907)

Also Ellis Wolfe stand-in from 5 May 1910 to 27 Nov

1914 Sep 10

1915 Mar 20

1925 Apr 1

1925 July 1

Ellis Wolfe

 

See biography

1925 Apr 1

1925 Jul 7

1937 Apr 1

1937 Jul 1

Reginald Honan Fletcher

 

Also wartime postal censor

See biography

1933 May 23

Mr. H. C. Savage

 

Mr. H. C. Savage, Assistant Postmaster, has been appointed to act as Postmaster for Jamaica as from the 23rd May, 1933, during leave of absence granted to Mr. R. H. Fletcher, or until further orders (Gazette 11 May 1933)

1938 Jul 11

1938 Oct 11

1944 Dec 12

1945 May 12

William Alexander Campbell

 

Confirmed as Postmaster in Gazette 29 Jun 1939

See biography

1944 Dec 13

1945 May 13

1948 May 17

1949 Mar 17

Esric Lionel Morris

 

See biography

1946 Jul 29

1948 May 17

1949 Mar 18

1953 Apr 30

1953 Oct

George Fitzgerald White

 

JGZ19460808 states acting from 1946 Jul 29.

Also wartime postal censor

See biography

1953 May 1

1954 Feb 22

1955 Sep 24

1955

(by 12 Dec)

Allison Alfred Vernon Nash

 

24 Sept 1955 Nash announces 9 months leave of absence prior to retirement (Gleaner 24 Sept 1955)

See biography

1955 Sep 24

 

 

1955 Dec 10

F. O. Rousseau

 

Acting Postmaster General from 24 Sept 1955

Deputy PMG to Green, later PMG

 

1955 Dec 12

1959 Oct 20

1959 Nov 24

Joseph Green

 

See biography

1959 Oct 20

1960 Jan

 

1964 Jun

F. O. Rousseau

 

Still in post 2 June 1964 (according to PO Notice)

1964 May 18

 

 

 

CS Irving

 

18 May 1964; Postmaster General [Gazette 4 Jun 1964]

Mr. C. S. Irving, Assistant Postmaster General, has been appointed to act as Postmaster General, with effect from the 18th of May, 1964, and until further orders, vice Mr. F. 0. Rousseau and during the absence from the Island of Mr. H. A. Fairweather.

1964 Jun

1965 Feb 15

 

1966 Oct to 1968 Apr

Harrington A. Fairweather

 

Appointed PMG 15 Feb, but immediately on 3 months leave prior to special duties in the Ministry of Communications and Works.

On 17 Oct 1966 still PMG but not clear when relinquished PMG post

See biography

1965 Feb 15

1968 Apr 5

1972 Nov 6

1973 Jan 30

Winston G Brown

 

See biography

 

 

 

 

LG Jackson

 

Seems to have been acting PMG on 18 Nov 1966 (Gleaner)

1973 Feb 1

By 1974 Jan

1977 Oct

1978 May

Rupert .I. Knight

 

See biography

?

1978

By Dec 9

 

1979

May?

K. L. DePass

 

Gleaner 9 Dec 1978 refers to: Mr. K. L. DePass as Postmaster

See biography

1979

By May 14

1979

By Nov 13

 

1984 Sep 29

Hicks Williams

 

Acting PMG by 14 May 1979 & still acting 19 Aug 1979

PMG by 13 Nov 1979

See biography

 

1984 Oct 4

 

1999/2000

Sam .E. Stewart

 

Was still Postmaster General 17 Dec 1999

See biography

 

2000 Sep

 

2005 Sep

Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson

 

See biography

2005 Oct

2006 Aug 1

 

 

Michael Gentles

 

See biography