One year later, in 1967 when The British Government granted Statehood to St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla, giving the new body internal political control, Bradshaw emerged as the First Premier of the state. Following his dismissal from the Sugar Factory, Southwell spent a year representing workers free of cost to the Union. Thereafter, he managed to gain his Leeward Islands Teacher’s Certificate in 1957. The society was popularly called “the Union”, by most Kittitians and Nevisians who found shelter for their social ills, by associating with the organization. The Saint Kitts and Nevis Federal Parliament passed the National Honours Act in 1998, establishing three classes of awards: The Order of National Hero, the Star of Merit and the Medal of Honour. September 16 officially became National Hero’s Day. By 1969, Sim Daniel entered private practice in St. Kitts and from then his life changed as politics soon found him. He also functioned as Associate Editor of The Union Messenger. There are many special ceremonies held all over the country to honour present heroes and remember past ones. By the early 1990s, the politics in Nevis was again changing. Seaton was the father of current Governor General, Sir Tapley Seaton. It was in 1998 when the Order was first established, and each recipient of this honour is styled as “The Right Excellent Sir”. Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw was born in the Saint Paul, Capisterre Village, in the island of St. Kitts to Mary Jane Francis and William Bradshaw. Robert Bradshaw married Millicent Sahaley, a Kittitian Lebanese in 1963. Many have described him as a man of great integrity, honesty and void of ambitions for personal wealth and power. As first Premier of Nevis, Daniel guided his country from its independence in 1983 until 1992. Joseph N France was the first Nevisian to be bestowed with the Order of National Hero. He was also served as the General Secretary for the St. Kitts & Nevis Trades and Labour Union. He travelled to England to study law, He graduated in 1966 as a Barrister at Law and was called to the Bar in England. Despite his passion for law, business and politics, Sim Daniel’s first dream was to become an Anglican Priest. After St. Kitts Nevis & Anguilla assumed the status of Statehood in association with Great Britain in 1967, Southwell was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance, Trade, Development, Industry and Tourism. To its pages France contributed as a reporter, columnist and a short story writer. He was a man of humble beginnings. It features statues of five National Heroes. Among other things, this gave him an outlet for self-expression and for putting into practice some of the things he had learnt as a member of the literary society – St. Kitts Mutual Improvement Society – centre at Lower Market Street. He was again elected in 1952 when universal suffrage was introduced. This paper later evolved into the Labour Spokesman where France worked until the time of his death some four decades later. When France joined the Benevolent Association it was then he came into contact with its president Fred Solomon, who was a local undertaker. Eventually this was accomplished. When he left the police force, C. A. Paul Southwell found employment at the Basseterre Sugar Factory in 1944, just when his future colleague Robert Bradshaw was assuming the presidency of the local trade union. During the short-lived West Indies Federation (from 1958 to 1962), Bradshaw was elected to the Federal House of Representatives and held the post of minister of finance for the Federation. The issue was the right to vote. France played his part amidst others and brought the Labour Movement through the issue with flying colours. Robert Bradshaw is remembered for being the first premier over Saint Kitts and Nevis, during the time from 1967 to 1978. Joseph Nathaniel France, son of Thomas and Mary France, was born in Mt. In 2013, the list of national heroes grew to four with the addition of Simeon Daniel, a well-known politician and the first premier over the island of Nevis. [2] Recipients of this honour are styled as "The Right Excellent". Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (Sept. 16, 1916 –May 23, 1978), St. Kitts and Nevis’ first national hero, was also the first premier of the twin-island federation, who previously served as … They had one daughter, Isis Carla Bradshaw. National Heroes Day 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Saint Kitts and Nevis Since 1998, Saint Kitts and Nevis has observed 16 September as “National Heroes Day”. The National Heroes Park, a multimillion-dollar facility is located along the Kim Collins Highway. But in St. Kitts, Bradshaw remained a champion in the eyes of most Kittitians. There are currently five national heroes: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, Paul Southwell, Joseph Nathaniel France, Simeon Daniel and Kennedy Simmonds. Sir Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw became the first National Hero on September 16, 1998 when the St. Kitts and Nevis Federal Parliament, passed the National Honours Act, which established the Standing National Awards Committee and three classes of awards. He became a pupil teacher in 1950, at the age of 16. A fitting day for a National Hero. The day was first made a holiday to honour Robert Bradshaw, the only official national hero at the time, and Bradshaw’s birthday is … The bill was debated in the Legislature and was defeated by weight of the combined opposition to Labour. Instead he was more focused on working in the best interest of the people. When the new hospital in Basseterre was put down at its present site in Buckley’s in 1967, it was named after him, on account of his invaluable service in the field of health and other related areas. Together they produced one daughter, Isis Carla Bradshaw. Southwell had a keen interest in the arts and in sports. In 1938 France was elected Secretary of the Workers’ League after the death of Mr. W.A.H. Southwell pioneered the economic diversification in St. Kitts & Nevis. He became the first secretary of the Sugar Factory section of the Union and a member of the Executive Committee. Since that first celebration, St. Kitts and Nevis has bestowed the Order of the National Hero on four other individuals: Paul Southwell and Sir Joseph Nathaniel France in 2004; Simeon Daniel in 2013; and Sir Kennedy Simmonds in 2015. In 1938 France was elected Secretary of the Workers’ League after the death of Mr. W.A.H. National Heroes Day was established in 1996 by the Saint Kitts and Nevis Federal Parliament with the passage of the National Honours Act.The first observance of the holiday was on 16 September 1998 to honor Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw, the first Premier and … He was 78 years old and had been battling cancer for years. The Order of the National Hero is the highest order of merit awarded by the government of Saint Kitts and Nevis. He rose from a member of the Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Legislative Council to become First Minister of Communications and Works; Chief Minister of Saint Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla; and, ultimately, Premier of St. Kitts. France was first elected to the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla Parliament (Legislature) in July 1946 when there were just three (3) elected representatives provided for St. Kitts under the Constitution Ordinance of 1937. Lily, Nevis on September 16, 1907. He also held the title of Vice President of the Worker’s League, but his activities were not limited to the local scene. In his role as Chief Minister, Southwell ensured that legislation was enacted to draw money from the Sugar Cess Funds to pay for the increases. Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates. Sir Robert’s life was deeply influenced by the plight of the working class, especially those toiling in the sugar industry, which at the time was the dominant economic activity in the colonial era of St. Kitts & Nevis.