Burns presses on with history book

| 21/01/2011

(Jamaican Gleaner): Cayman architect and developer Burns Conolly, has been doing some hunting for information in a quest to finish a book his father started before passing away in Jamaica. Conolly has turned to The Gleaner’s archives for the information he needs. "The working title of the book is The Cayman Century and it is his account of the changes in the Cayman Islands from 1900-2000 in the social, economic and political arena," Conolly explained. "My dad spent years in the House representing our region. He was in Government when our 1972 constitution came in, which for the first time gave Caymanians direct responsibility for areas of government. My dad was responsible for tourism, planning, agriculture, lands and survey, environment and natural resources."

Conolly’s father, William, passed away in 2008. Father and son had completed the first three chapters of the book together, but now it is left to the son to finish the book.

"This is the first that I’m writing a book of this nature and using my knowledge to actually complete my dad’s goal. I really do not do research of this nature. In the past, this type of research would have meant an expensive trip to Kingston," said Conolly.

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  1. Dennis Smith says:

    My great grandfather was a missionary in both Jamaica and Cayman around 1890. I had no idea that I might be able to research his visit to Cayman. I’m sure many other Caymanians will follow your lead. Can’t wait to read your book.