Black and white photograph of the Pictou Island mailplane in the mid-19th century.
The Pictou Island mailplane. Since the 1930s mail has been delivered to Pictou Island from mainland Nova Scotia by small airplane. There is no landing strip and the plane lands on the island`s unpaved main road, which in winter is generally covered in snow.
Local news and events including the community vote for a wind turbine, article by district councillor Ian Gillies about fuel prices, water supply to new homes and air services to Oban, the SABB grounded at airport because of high winds, and news from the Tiree Association, WRI, youth club, RSPB, school and Tiree broadband.
Photograph of John MacLeod at the radio station on Ben Hough in the late 1950s.
Courtesy of Mr Andrew MacLeod
A Communication Officer with Ministry of Civil Aviation, John MacLeod came to Tiree in the late 1940s. Initially he was based in the wartime Control Tower at the airport but subsequently relocated to a building at the top of Ben Hough.
The purpose of the station was to provide radio communications and position fixing services to aircraft flying over the West of Scotland and the Hebrides. In those days air to ground communications were by Morse code and all aircraft carried a radio officer.
If there was an ambulance flight to Tiree or one of the other islands, John would be called out, even in the middle of the night, and would have to climb the steps to the top of Ben Hough, in darkness and often rain and gales.
Black and white photograph of Communications Officer John MacLeod at the Hough radio station.
John MacLeod at the radio station at the top of Ben Hough in the late 1950s. A Communication Officer with Ministry of Civil Aviation, John came to Tiree in 1947 or 1948. The station provided radio communications and position fixing services to aircraft flying over the West of Scotland and the Hebrides.
Mini-disk recording of Elsa Campbell and Jane Allan talking to Dr John Holliday in Vaul in December 2004.
Elsa Campbell and Jane Allan of Vaul talk to Dr John Holliday in December 2004 about their memories of coming to Tiree on holiday from 1947 onwards, the ferry and plane, ceilidhs and board and lodgings in Vaul and Heanish.
Local news and events including the Community of the Year awards, the death of Alasdair Kennedy, the Community Conference, the community broadband service, correspondence in response to Dr Watt`s letter about the short sea crossing, the November cattle sale, marketing Tiree and news from the WRI, the Royal Bank, the RSPB and the school.
Audio cassette recording of Annie Kennedy talking to Dr John Holliday in September 1998.
Annie Kennedy of Scarinish talks to Dr John Holliday in September 1998 about Scarinish school, her teachers and school meals, Cornaig school, the MacArthurs’ shop in Scarinish, making oatcakes and baking, the history of Scarinish Post Office, the store at the harbour and butchering on Tiree, the shoemaker in Scarinish, the Manse and ministers, Donald MacDougald’s cèilidh house, the Scarinish Hotel and farm, temperance, Baugh guest house, the Munns’ shop, Scarinish golf course, the changes World War II brought to Tiree, the dance hall at the pier, Lady Victoria Campbell, large families, poverty and neighbourliness, gamekeepers Peter Anderson and Jock Graham, and the telephone exchange.
Black and white photograph of the first plane in Tiree in 1929.
The first plane to land on Tiree at a Tiree Association Sports Day in 1929. Captain A. N. Kingwill was hired to fly the plane to the island, bringing with him the day’s newspapers. Short flights on the plane were on offer at 2/6d (12p) a time and Captain Kingwill gave a display of stunt-flying.