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The life and times of Dame Marguerite Pindling, October 28th
By Jim Lawlor, BHS
Oct 23, 2010 - 5:48:57 PM

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Nassau, Bahamas - The next Bahamas Historical Society talk will be on Thursday 28th October at 6pm – “The life and times of Dame Marguerite Pindling” by Dame Marguerite with an introduction from Dr Gail Saunders, author of “Dame Marguerite Pindling: A Biography”. There will be a book signing afterward.

Marguerite Pindling (pictured above) was born to Reuben and Viola McKenzie in the settlement of Long Bay Cays, South Andros, on 26 June 1932; she often describes herself as 'just a barefoot girl from Andros'.

Moving to Nassau in 1946, she lived with her sister Louise and attended the Western Senior School. After leaving school, her first job was with noted photographer Stanley Toogood. Later she worked for Colyn Rees and soon met Lynden Pindling, a London-trained lawyer. Following a courtship of a little over a year, they married on 5 May 1956. Shortly after the wedding Lynden Pindling was elected to the House of Assembly and would serve until 1997, when he retired after being elected nine consecutive times. In 1967 he became Premier and later Prime Minister, a post he held until 1992.

Throughout his term in office, Lady Pindling gave her husband her determined, energetic and loyal support. Besides the devotion she showed to Sir Lynden and his political career, she undertook much charitable work, cared for her children and became a Bahamian icon. She was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2007, being named a Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

The Pindlings had four children - Obi, Leslie, Michelle and Monique - and Dame Marguerite is now a proud grandmother of six.


Gail Saunders, pioneer Archivist and former Director of The Bahamas Archives, is author and co-author of a number of books, including Islanders in the Stream (volumes 1 and 2), Slavery in The Bahamas 1648-1838, Bahamian Loyalists and Their Slaves, and Nassau's Historic Landmarks. She is a long time member and past president of the Bahamas Historical Society.

The Bahamas Historical Society (BHS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in Bahamian History and to the collection and preservation of material relating thereto. Its Headquarters, the former IODE Hall, was a gift from the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire (IODE). BHS is on Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue in Nassau. www.bahamashistoricalsociety. com

All talks at our museum corner of Shirley Street and Elizabeth Avenue Parking at the ex Psilinakis carpark north of the museum on Elizabeth Ave.  Entrance via First Caribbean Bank on Shirley Street. – Thanks to Manager Byron Miller (Thanks to Philippa Moss COB English Dept for Map below)


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