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HISTORY OF THE SAVANNAH

1782 Establishment of 3 meadowland estates owned by Peschiers: Hollandais Estate (53 acres) Paradise Farm-East (96 acres) Malgretoute Eastate-West (83 acres)

1791 Death of Henri Peschier

1797 Abercromby marches on Port of Spain through Paradise Estate

1817 Peschier heirs sell Paradise and Malgretoute Estates to Cabildo for 6,000 pounds

1819 Southern Portion of Hollandais Estate sold to Cabildo

1821 Northern portion of Hollandais Estate sold to Gov. Woodford

1825 Cabildo transferred Malgretoute and Southern portion of Hollandais Estate to Colonial Government for 10,363 pounds. These consolidated with the Northern portion of Hollandais Estate to form the Queen's Park Savannah

1828 First horse races held in Savannah

1854 First race stand erected

1882 Queen's Park Ordinance Chap. 42 No. 6 passed

1890 Polo played east of the Hollows

1902 First tramcars around the Savannah.

1946 Legislature passes the Races Ordinance Chap. 42 No. 5

1947 Governor leases just over 4 acres of Savannah to Trinidad Turf Club for a term of 60 years

1950 Carnival Parade of Bands begin in the Savannah

1961 Present Grand Stand established

1988 Advisory Working Group on Carnival 1988 recommends against Carnival in the Savannah

1989 Savannah Management Committee established by Minister Lincoln Myers. Recommend against Carnival in the Savannah

1993 Trinidad Turf Club vacates the Savannah

1997 UNC Government threatens to pave from exit of parade stage to Marli Street

1998 Savannah Management Committee becomes a Cabinet committee

1999 UNC Government paves the North Stand portion of the Savannah' Engineers Carnival Working Group recommends against Carnival in the Savannah

2000 NCC under the UNC Gov't announce plans for building a Carnival Centre in the Savannah.TIDCO Report recommends against Carnival in the Savannah. Halcrow report recemmends public consultation/referendum on future of the Savannah

2006 PNM Government announce plans to build a Carnival Centre in the Savannah

(Photos Copyright Adrian Camps-Campins)

THE ESTATES THAT BECAME QUEEN'S PARK SAVANNAH

CAZABON'S DEPICTION OF THE SAVANNAH AS MEADOWLAND

THE SAVANNAH AS SPORTING GROUNDS CIRCA 1940