Aluda Forbes’s daughter Nell Connor, who still lives in Breakers, would say of her mother: “Oh, Mama had a memory of a card.”
As a midwife, Ms. Forbes delivered some 300 babies in her time. She would ride horseback or by donkey to the outlying districts and stay with the mother for a week or two after delivery.
For a delivery her fee was around 7 shillings, about 70 cents nowadays. If the mother could not pay, she would send the midwife home with salted fish, sugarcane, cassava and sometimes lantern oil.
In this image, Ms. Forbes peers out from the door of her old wooden-framed home in Breakers where she lived next to her daughter until she passed away in 1986 at the age of 93.
This image is from the book ‘The People Time Forgot’ by G. Nowak. The book is available at the National Museum and all proceeds go toward museum projects and programs.