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National Hero - Charles Duncan O誰eal


National Hero of Barbados - Charles Duncan O誰eal

National Hero of Barbados - Charles Duncan O誰eal
The Social Transformer
1879 - 1936

Charles Duncan O誰eal, a medical doctor was a member of the elite class and held a high social position in the Barbadian community. Despite the social norms of the time, he chose to dedicate his life to assisting the poor and actively rejected the racism of the 1920痴 and 1930痴. Unheard of 礎ehavior for the time in which he lived!

Charles Duncan O誰eal was a rare individual, unconcerned about the potential damage to his reputation, he quickly became known as the first gentleman from the upper class (who not only had a university degree and independent business) to throw caution to the wind and refuse to conform to the expectations of those in his socio-economic bracket. He led by example, igniting the arousal of social and political consciousness throughout all strata痴 of society thus laying the groundwork for significant social reform.

A student of Edinburgh University in Scotland, Charles Duncan O誰eal studied medicine, gaining distinctions and the honorable Blue Ribbon in surgery. While at university he became friends with a member of the Independent Labour Party, Keir Hardie and his interest in politics began to grow.

Recalled as the first politician in Barbados to rally for improved working conditions for women, Charles Duncan O誰eal also supported the role of women in leadership positions in the Democratic League and Working Men痴 Association! His lists of achievements include but are not limited to the following:

Establishment of the Democratic League in October, 1924 which was based on the principles of socialism thus attracting membership from the colored and middle classes.

Creation of a proto-union entitled the Working Men痴 Association

Investment in The Herald Newspaper which was renowned as the medium through which reform, enfranchisement and social change were voiced daily.

He fought for free education and dental care for children, improved housing and abolition of the:

Located Laborers System

The Master and Servants Act

In 1932 he won a seat in the House of Assembly as a Member for Bridgetown

Campaigned for the abolishment of Child Labour.

As a tribute to this extraordinary gentleman, the ten dollar note features the portrait of Charles Duncan O誰eal and the bridge in Bridgetown is named in his honor.

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By: shasola holder
when did he die and when was he born
Date: Apr 17, 2012

By: Lee Farnum-Badley
What is Duncan O'neal's connection with the Holetown area and Lascelles in particular?
Date: Jan 21, 2012

By: Maureen Rutherford
C Duncan O'Neal MB certified the death of my Great Grandmother in Sunderland County Durham England on 13th June 1909.
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was charles duncan o'neal black or white?
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