The Early Years
When the Office of Administrator-General was established in 1873, the duly authorized officer was bound to administer estates in which the personalty amounts to £50 and upwards of persons who die intestate without leaving a widower, widow, brother or such relatives who did not take out Letters of Administration within three months of the death of the deceased.
The Administrator-General was made subject to the control of the Supreme Court of Judicature and, being an officer of that Court, was accountable to it for the due and efficient discharge of his duties.
In those early days, the Administrator-General received a salary of £300 per annum and 6% on his disbursements. He defrayed all the expenses of his office including the salaries of his clerks out of his emoluments.
The first Administrator-General, Charles Hamilton Jackson, who served from 1873-1878, received his first Grant of Letters of Administration from the Supreme Court of Judicature on the 24th of February 1875 in the Estate of Douglas Pitt. The second grant came one year later, on the 18th of May 1876 in the Estate of Julia Florence Bell.
Administrator's-General Throughout the Years
|Charles Hamilton Jackson||1873 - 1878|
|Edward Bancroft Lynch||1878 - 1880|
|William Lee||1880 - 1893|
|Phillip Chapman||1893 - 1899|
|John Mapletoft Nethersole||1899 - 1935|
|Alan O. Ritchie||1935 - 1942|
|R.C. Marley||1942 - 1948|
|Herbert F. Barry||1948 - 1955|
|Eric Charles Tomlinson||1956|
|Louis Lloyd Mendez||1960s|
|Errol A. Hall||1970s|
|Allan A. Grant||1982 - 1985|
|Omar Gower Bradley||1985 - 1989|
|Verna Bennett||1989 - 1992|
|Andrew Robin Gyles||1992 - 1996|
|Lona Millicent Brown||1996 - Present|
The Many Roles of the Administrator-General in the early years
In keeping with the demands of the society, the Administrator-General over time has held four other posts, namely, Trustee in Bankruptcy (1936-1937), Stamp Commissioner (1893-1899), Custodian of Enemy Property and Protector of Immigrants (1879-1970s).
The Administrator-General started out with a small staff, which grew in 1919 to 5 including the Administrator-General. This number increased in 1930 to 15 workers. The steady increase in personnel continued in 1935 with 23 persons being on the payroll including the Administrator-General. In 1946 the Agency’s staff complement grew to 42 members of staff and to 56 in 1950. The Agency currently has 83 posts.
Our longest serving members of staff are:
|NAME||DATE OF COMMENCEMENT|
|Viviene Smythe||June 4, 1974|
|Sophia Levy||July 28, 1987|
|Hillary Dwyer||December 6, 1988|
|Andrew Gyles||April 2, 1991|
|Sherda Deacon||November 23, 1992|
|Shernet Morrel||August 3, 1993|
|Carol Kiffen||August 3, 1993|
|Oliver Morris||October 4, 1993|
|Melva Joseph||July 26, 1994|
|Kareene Pitter||July 26, 1994|
|Michelle Barrett-Pinto||December 1, 1995|
|Lona Brown||April 1, 1996|
|Camille Anderson||April 6, 1998|
|Deloris Mightly||May 5, 1998|