Category Archives: Jamaica

Windrush from the Caribbean

On 21 June 1948 HMT Empire Windrush (a former troupship) arrived  at Tilbury (see map) , a port on the River Thames,  from Kingston, Jamaica.  On 22 June the ship’s 1,000 or so passengers disembarked. They included 802 who stated their last … Continue reading

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Africa’s last Emperor lived in Wimbledon

Haile Selassie (born 1892) was Ethiopia’s Regent from 1916 to 1930 and  its Emperor from 1930 to 1974.  When Italy invaded Ethiopia in 1935 he fled to UK, staying initially with a supportive family in Wimbledon (and later for 5 years here in … Continue reading

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