Gentleman standing at right is Mr. Deo Punwassi of Area Q, Port Mourant (near PM Race Course).
Information provided by Elliot Rooney of Palmyra :
It was in 1965 when Colonel Fletcher brought the burnt 1920s Rolls Royce from Georgetown with an Albion truck. I cannot remember where he got it from, but I’ll ask John Rameshwar who worked on it from its arrival with Mr. Punwasi. We were in the mechanic’s shop in Training School then. I knew where Fletcher got it from, but cannot remember now. I know there was a big fire in Georgetown in 1957 and the museum was burnt again. I tried to get John whom I’m sure would know the exact year of the car and where we got it from. Actually, the car was in such devastating conditions that the damaged wooden frame was impossible for us to figure out the burnt bends and angles. Fletcher then contacted Martindale (Personnel Manager) and Gordon(Administrative Manager) for a top notch carpenter to figure out this puzzle. They came up with a retired carpenter from Fyrish who figured out the complicated wooden frame and interior. That’s when we learnt why the frame broke mostly @ the curves and bends; those were the weakest points. We had drawings of the engine, transmission, but not of the body and frame. I’m not sure of the radiator, because the later models all had vertical grids on the radiators, including the 1920s. Mr. Punwasi is no longer with us and he would have been able to explain that picture. We’ll dig into it and come up with the answers.
Do you know the name of the carpenter from Fyrish? My uncle was a master carpenter whose name is Maitland Singh. I was wondering if he could have worked on Rolls.
Randolph, I too would like to know who the carpenter was. So I will make every effort to find out. The name Maitland Singh sounds familiar. Did he have a daughter named Jean Maitland Singh ? Mr. Punwassi’s daughter Indira was my classmate and then a teacher at Corentyne High School.
I can’t remember if he had a daughter named Jean. There was another girl by that name but hers was just Jean Singh. Maitland also did work on that beautiful Senior Staff bar at Albion. I remembered he came to our house at Chesney Front and was bragging about the bar. He said it was a masterpiece of a job he did there. But no mention of the Rolls. By the way, he was the head carpenter at Albion Estate and lived in Fyrish. Where is the car now, any idea?
Syd might know more, try him.
Randolph, I will ask Syd. About the Albion Senior Staff Bar, I visited it twice. The second time was when I took some JC students for lunch there. I have some lovely photographs. The building was lost to fire a year or two ago. The dining room had some pieces of art. I am so glad I took photographs of them.
BTW, Syd mentioned on Facebook that there was a guy in Fyrish named Paltoo who was also a master carpenter.
I know Paltoo also. He used to live near Syd’s father rice mill. He was also a carpenter but can’t say how knowledgeable he was to work on a Rolls.
Now I know who the Jean Maitland Singh is; she is married to my cousin whose dad is the carpenter . I believe she used to be a primary school teacher and now lives in Florida with her husband.
I would really like to see some of the photos of the bar, if you don’t mind. I heard of the fire, too bad.
Hi Rishi/ Randolph,
Jean Singh was formerly from Don Robin, No 19 area and used to teach at Bohemia Primary School in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s. Jean got married to Maitland’s son from Fyrish, resigned her teaching job and both herself and husband held senior positions with the PNC administration. Later, they both migrated to Florida, USA.
I am still awaiting confirmation of the name of the master carpenter from a former student who had attended PM Training School during the time this Rolls Royce was being restored.
Thanks Syd. Maitland is my mother’s brother. You are right. They were staunch PNC people.
A friend of mine who attended the Training school recalled seeing the Rolls at the shop. He said Mr Punwassi was the supervisor but can’t remember any carpenter who worked on the Rolls. But this was in 1973 or thereabouts when my friend attended. I believe he knows the name of the owner of the car. I’ll get his name when I speak to him in a few days
Sorry , my friend doesn’t have the name of the Rolls owner.
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