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Hinds, Donald (1 of 38).  Oral History of Oral History

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    2012-03-12, 2012-04-12, 2012-05-23, 2012-06-21, 2012-07-26, 2012-09-20, 2012-11-08, 2012-12-13, 2013-01-25, 2013-04-10, 2013-05-02, 2013-06-06, 2013-07-17, 2013-09-24, 2013-11-13, 2013-12-04, 2014-01-22, 2014-02-19

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    Interviewee's office

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    Hinds, Donald, 1934- (speaker, male)

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    Wilkinson, Robert (speaker, male)

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    Part 1: [Session one: 12 March 2012] Born in Kingston Jamaica. Mother took him to the country to his grandparents. They brought him up. His grandfather died when Donald was 9. Mother did domestic work then ran a `cold supper shop`. Richmond Gap which is 25 miles from Kingston.  Used market lorries to travel. No electricity. Childhood memories good playing cricket using home-made ball. Describes playing on a proper pitch and having aspirations to play for West Indies. Difficulties of playing football - no ball. [15:00] Used to visit Jonestown in Kingston. Has a sister who lives in New York and works as a nurse. Was caught up in 9.11 and helped to look after injured.  His father was absent. Mother made up for this. However could not afford to send him to secondary school (nearest was in Kingston). Had to buy exercise books for school. Donation of exercise books by Canadians to Jamaican schools. Mentions his wife from Middlesex County. Two of his classmates became headmistresses. [26:40] Describes geography of the village where he lived and family. Strength of family ties. One daughter, Carol, is (2012) a newsreader in the East Midlands. [35:25] Went to school when he was six. Had an accident with a knife and headmaster allowed him to go early. Describes the school 124 children on the register. Names the teachers. At age of 14 you did the Jamaica Local Examination. Then could teach as a probationer (after three years, 16+). Some who had money went on for further training at Micol or Shortwoods Colleges. Donald passed his third year examination but his grandmother died and he knew he was going to come to England. Spent a year and a half with his younger aunt.  Decided he wanted to be a college trained teacher and better to do so in England.  Sat exams for 25 places at an agricultural college but failed. Started writing novels and poems. School started at 9am and finished at 4pm. No school meals.

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    Life story interview with Donald Hinds, oral historian of West Indians in Britain.

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