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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.

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Jamaica Postmasters

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Acting

PMG From

Absence From

PMG To

Postmaster


Notes

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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 Nov



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


1711?

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



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

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1795



George Bogle

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1796


1799

Glocester Wilson

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1800


1806

John Smith

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1807


1809

Benjamin Barbauld

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1810


1817

John Milbourne Marsh





1822



David Watt

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Acting appointments from the Almanacs of those wars



1823



John Wilson

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1824 Feb 4


1832 Oct 17

William Jekyll Anstey


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



1833


1844



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

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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.



1833 Nov 25


1834 Jan 29

Samuel M’Quoid  


Appointment cancelled
Born about 1796, Died 1867

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1834 Feb 8


1834

Lord Sussex Lennox

(1802 – 1874).)


Brother of Duke of Richmond – GB Postmaster General.
Blue Book for 1834 states: absent from Colony from Nov 1834



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]

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1850 Sep 21


1860 Jul 31

Maurice O'Connor Morris


Dismissed on 31st July 1860 whren Jamaica Govt took over the PO

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1860


1867/68

Alexander James Brymer  


 The first official Colonial appointment to the office.
Still in post 8 Jul 1867



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]

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1869 Aug?

1870 May 1


1891 Oct 31

Fred. Sullivan


 Chief Clerk PO 1 Mar 1861 to 30 Apr 1870

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1891 Dec 8

1903 Sep 4

1903 Oct 13

George Henry Pearce


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1903 Oct 13


1905 Jan 15

 Alfred Henry Miles



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1905 Jan 16

1914 Sep 10

1915 Mar 20

John Barkly Lucie-Smith




1906 Ju
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

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1914 Sep 10

1915 Mar 20

1925 Apr 1

1925 July 1

Ellis Wolfe



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1925 Apr 1

1925 Jul 7

1933 May 23
'1937 Apr 1

1937 Jul 1

Reginald Honan Fletcher


Also wartime postal censor


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)

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1938 Jul 11

1938 Oct 11

1944 Dec 12

1945 May 12

William Alexander Campbell


Confirmed as Postmaster in Gazette 29 Jun 1939

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1944 Dec 13

1945 May 13

1948 May 17

1949 Mar 17

 Esric Lionel Morris



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1946 Jul 29
1948 May 17

1949 Mar 18

1953 Apr 30

1953 Oct

George Fitzgerald White  


Also wartime postal censor

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1953 May 1

1954 Feb 22

1955 Sep 24

1955
(by 12 Dec)

Allison Alfred Vernon Nash





1955 Sep 24


 

F. O. Rousseau


Acting 24 Sep 1955 to 10 Dec 1955
Deputy PMG to Green, later PMG

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1955 Dec 12

1959 Oct 20

1959 Nov 24

Joseph Green




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.

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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

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1965 Feb 15

1968 Apr 5

1972 Nov 6

173 Jan 30

Winston G Brown








LG Jackson


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

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1973 Feb 1

By 1974 Jan

1977 Oct

1978 May

Rupert I. Knight



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?

1978
By Dec 9


1979
May?

K. L. DePass



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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

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1984 Oct 4


1999/2000

Sam E. Stewart


Was still Postmaster General 17 Dec 1999

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2000 Sep


2005 Sep

Dr. Blossom O'Meally-Nelson



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2005 Oct

2006 Aug 1


Michael Gentles