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1950's. The spike goes on top of pith hats. Looks like the photo below.


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Old British Honduras Police Force Hat (Pith Helmet with badge)

I remember the policemen doing Guard Duties at the old government house (the governor's residence) wearing those. The helmets also had a pointed metal at the middle of the top. Something that looked like the tip of a spear. It protected you from the sun and was very light in weight.

Perhaps the BTB should incorporate these historical uniforms as a part of our tourism program. I believe that the Tourism Police could use these attire, firstly for them to be properly identified, and secondly have some historical display to attract the tourist.

Photograph courtesy Noel Escalante

The evolution from the system of Magistrates to Legislative Assembly

The Legislative Assembly of 1854 was to have eighteen elected members, each of whom was to have at least £400 sterling worth of property. The assembly was also to have three official members appointed by the superintendent. The fact that voters had to have property yielding an income of £7 a year or a salary of a £100 a year reinforced the restrictive nature of this legislature. The superintendent could defer or dissolve the assembly at any time, originate legislation, and give or withhold consent to bills. This situation suggested that the legislature was more a chamber of debate than a place where decisions were made. The Colonial Office in London became, therefore, the real political-administrative power in the settlement. This shift in power was reinforced when in 1862 (under Governor Frederick Seymour 1857-1864), the Settlement of Belize in the Bay of Honduras was declared a British colony called British Honduras, and the crown's representative was elevated to a lieutenant governor, subordinate to the governor of Jamaica.

HERE ARE THE RESULTS OF THE FIRST ELECTIONS UNDER ADULT SUFFRAGE IN 1954.

THE YOUNG PUP CAPTURED 8 OUT OF 9 SEATS. ( Legislators. ) IN 1957 THE PUP RECAPTURED TOLEDO AND WON THE 9 SEATS.

IN 1961, THE PUP WON ALL THE 18 CONSTITUENCIES, THUS FORMING THE FIRST EVER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES on the ROAD TO, " FULL INTERNAL SELF GOVERNMENT. "

Two of these Legislators are alive. Hon Enrique Depaz and Hon Herman Jex.

Most historians regarded the Legislative Assembly elections held on April 28, 1954, for the first time under universal adult suffrage and replacing the heretofore appointed Legislative Council in the then colony of British Honduras as the nation’s first “general elections.

Nine members were elected to the Council, to serve along with three civil service officials and three appointed members. The result was a decisive victory for the pro-independence People’s United Party, which won eight of the nine seats in a coalition with the General Workers’ Union, polling 65.0%) of the votes cast.

The pro-colonial National Party won the remaining seat, with NP candidate Charles Westby prevailing in the Toledo constituency. None of the four Independent candidates won any seats.

Although the PUP would split with Leigh Richardson and Philip Goldson forming the Honduran Independence Party (HIP) two years later, the PUP’s slate of 9 candidates would sweep the March 20, 1957 general elections for the new House of Representatives. Its opposition, the HIP and the NP, fielded 13 candidates while four men ran independently.

Despite the opposition combining to form the National Independent Party (NIP) in 1961, following a constitutional review that expanded the House of Representatives to 18 seats, the PUP again won all seats.

The PUP streak of winning general elections (7) continued until 1984 when they were defeated 21-7 by the United Democratic Party. Since Independence in 1981, the UDP has won 5 and the PUP has won 3.

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