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What is this site for? 

Put simply, it aims to be a resource which documents St Helena, the island in the South Atlantic. We aim for it to cover everything you could possibly need to know about St Helena: past, present and future. That’s quite a challenge, and although there are already 205 information pages on Saint Helena Island Info we feel we still have some way to go.

This website is a highly valuable resource.
Peter Hohenhaus, dark-tourism.com

Please note that it is our intention to address our subject in a light-hearted manner, while maintaing factual accuracy and honesty.

How to use Saint Helena Island Info 

If St Helena is new to you, perhaps because you stumbled on this site while looking for something else, start with our Where is St Helena? page, so that at least you know where we are, and then perhaps go to the Information Index page to begin exploring.

If you’re new to Saint Helena Island Info, the best place to start is our Information Index page. This will show you how to navigate to the detail you seek.

Or you could try the , or a randomly-selected one:


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Page Structure

Pages on Saint Helena Island Info follow a standard structure:

Subject Groups Explained

Saint Helena Island Info currently has 205 information pages, so to help you explore and find what you are looking for we have organised them with various subject groupings. If your interest is our natural environment, start with the Nature Pages index and navigate easily through all of these. Similarly if you want to know about activities, or people, or history, or places… Each subject group has a symbol - a small coloured icon with the first two letters of the subject name - and these appear on every page within the subject group, as follows (links are to our Information Index page):

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Of course, a page can appear in more than one index. Our Napoleon page, for example, is in ‘people’ and ‘history’.

Content Policies

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While profanity is generally avoided parents should review all content before allowing minors to view Saint Helena Island Info as descriptions of some of our past - for example on our Slaves and slavery and Titbits from the records pages - may upset young children.

Quoted texts are generally not adjusted for spelling or grammar.

Document downloads are usually in Portable Document Format (.pdf); these can be read by most systems, but if you need a reader you can download one free from www.adobe.com. Audio downloads are normally in MPEG 1 Layer 3 (.mp3) format which is an Internet standard. Images are in Independent JPEG Group (.jpg), Portable Network Graphics (.png) or Graphics Interchange Format (.gif) which all modern browsers can display.

Weights and measurements are normally given in SI units (Km, Kg, etc.). Some older texts use the original imperial units. In general, if you hover your mouse cursor over a unit, its equivalent should appear as a tool-tip (though this depends on your browser); illustrated thus. Images are sized in pixels (px).

The metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimetre bullet.
Dave Barry

Historic monetary amounts are generally converted to current values and shown as a tool-tip (as with weights and measures, described above). This conversion uses the Average Annual Nominal Earnings dataset from measuringworth.com{4}. No attempt is made to translate SHP/GBP £s into other currencies but a converter is available from www.xe.com.

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All electrons used in the production of this site are 100% recycled. No wombats were harmed in the making of this site{7}.


You will note that there are no adverts on this site.

Unlike some other St Helena sites we do not need to sell you stuff to support http://sainthelenaisland.info/, our (few) costs are sponsored by BlankBurgh House Limited. If you wish to reach the people of St Helena we suggest you contact our local media.

On some Saint Helena Island Info pages you will see the following. While technically this might be considered an advertisement we actually see this more as a service to anyone wanting to learn more about our extraordinary island. Saint Helena Island Info receives no income from any sales and takes no responsibility for any commercial arrangements into which you may enter.

St Helena books from Miles Apart:

Looking for St Helena books? Miles Apart - new and secondhand books on the South Atlantic Islands current list.{8}

St Helena History 

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Several pages use information from the Records and from the island’s newspapers, which we have compiled into a database of items ranging from to . You can search our events database in various ways on our Chronology page. It is our intention to maintain and keep this database updated.

Material we have used 

Information is reproduced here for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged. Excerpts fall within the doctrine of ‘fair use’.

Information and images presented on this site are gleaned from sources too numerous to list, many on the Internet but all in the public domain. Acknowledgement is offered to:

If you think we have breached your copyright or used your copyrighted material without your permission please contact us and we will advise how you access our ‘Alleged breach of copyright’ procedure.

Site History and Updates 


We do our best to keep the information on this site up-to-date, but with so many pages to review it is probable that the occasional superseded item will slip through. If you spot anything that needs updating please contact us.

We update http://sainthelenaisland.info/ whenever sufficient changes have accumulated. It can take two hours to upload the updates because of St Helena’s slow Internet connection and, although we try to upload in a continuity-friendly manner, during this time you may experience issues accessing the site, for which we apologise. When completed we announce these updates on our Facebook™ page and Twitter™ feed. After we update the site you may need to force your browser to refresh the page{10}!

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Site as at June 2010 (Click to explore)

This site was first registered on 1st July 2009. Initially the site had 19 pages, 11 of which were Island Detail pages, and 77 images. You can actually explore the June 2010 version of the site - click on the screen-shot (right).

The current colours, layout and logo came in 2012, and by October 2012 the site was up to 35 pages (24 Island Detail pages) and 210 images. By the end of 2014 there were 87 pages (77 Island Detail pages); 28 downloads and 1,306 images, and the site has continued to grow steadily ever since.

In December 2018 changes were made to improve access from mobile devices. The recommended minimum viewing width was reduced to 720 pixels and the fixed menu on the left was replaced by a requestable menu triggered from a floating icon ().

You can see which pages were updated in the most recent release and also see when pages were first added.

Who is ‘we’? 

The site is edited by John Turner, who moved to St Helena with his family in 2005 and aims to stay here for the rest of his life! Many have contributed content to the site and we thank them all. This site is sponsored by BlankBurgh House Limited, providing services to businesses on, or trading with, St Helena.

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We operate the site from the Editor’s family home in Jamestown, which is really not equipped to welcome unexpected callers, so if you want to meet in person please contact us to make an arrangement.

If you have a question 

Feel free to contact us with your question, but perhaps we have already answerered it? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many common questions we are asked about Saint Helena Island Info and about St Helena itself

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Beware of impostors! 

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We are aware of other sites using similar URLs to ours, some of which also include out-of-date copies of our content and one has even stolen our images! These are nothing to do with us. They seem to exist purely to sell you stuff; we exist purely to provide accurate up-to-date information about St Helena. There is nothing we can do to prevent these imitators; we just treat it as recognition that our site is the leading independent site about St Helena and is the one to copy! NOTE: These copycats may not be safe to use; often such sites download viruses or other malware to your computer. As long as you make sure you only visit sainthelenaisland.info and ignore the mimics you can be assured of the best and most up-to-date information from a safe-to-use website.

‘What the Saints did next…’ 

The history of St Helena and its people is continuing. This website can’t provide up-to-the-minute news, and there is no need for us to do so because reliable sources of St Helena news are readily available on the Internet:

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By the time the future is easy to predict its history!
Peter de Jager

Technical Information 


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Images are normally limited to a maximum dimension of 2400 pixels but maps and diagrams are permitted to be larger.

Please contact us to report any usability problems, specifying as much technical information (OS, browser version, etc.) as possible.
Thank you.

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Work In Progress

Please note that some pages on this site may be under construction and that these pages may not yet work fully as advertised. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

We welcome feedback, so please contact us with your comments on our work so far.

Site Maintenance

This site was created and is maintained for us by BlankBurgh House Software (part of BlankBurgh House Limited Limited), to whom all technical queries should be directed.

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Our tribute to the original ‘website of St Helena’

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John Ekwall, 1996

In 1990 Radio St Helena did its first Radio St Helena Day short-wave broadcast to the world. And half-way across the world this broadcast reached an enthusiastic radio listener in Sweden by the name of John Ekwall. John was fascinated to hear live radio from St Helena, such a tiny speck in the vast South Atlantic Ocean. John’s fascination with St Helena had begun a while before and he had begun corresponding with the people at Radio St Helena. In 1992 he visited for the first time, and again in 1997.

In addition to his radio listening activities John was also an ‘early adopter’ of the Internet. In 1996, with websites just beginning to spring up around the world but with the Internet still not generally available on St Helena, John decided that he would create the world’s first website about St Helena. And thus, later that year, www.sthelena.se was born.

Initially much of the site was focussed on Radio St Helena and its annual short-wave transmissions but the site quickly grew into a comprehensive guide to the island. The site soon became known as ‘The website of St Helena’.

John continued maintaining www.sthelena.se until around 2014 when other pressures got the better of him. He handed it over at the beginning of 2017. The site was translated into Swedish and the English version disappeared. Although much of the information is now out-of-date, the site remains of interest and in many respects is a fascinating snapshot of St Helena from the not-too distant past (but only if you read Swedish).

This is the site as it was in late 1996:

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The site in Swedish:

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{1} There used to be. It was removed in December 2018 to make the site easier to use on mobile devices.{2} At the time of writing we are aware of an issue in Internet Explorer™ with the ‘More Navigation Options’ and ‘Translate…’ links on the pop-up menu. The javascript code is correct but Internet Explorer™ just does not process it. Microsoft™ is phasing out Internet Explorer™ and we see no value in producing a browser-specific code-around for a browser that is being phased out anyway. Hopefully their new browser, Edge™, will work better but this only runs on Windows™ 10 and we use Windows™ 8.1. If it doesn’t work on Edge™ please let us know{3} Note that our supplied Style Sheet (http://sainthelenaisland.info/normal.css) overrides the behaviour of some browsers which highlight visited and hovered links differently. If you want this behaviour you will need to use your own style sheet. See your browser’s instructions for how you achieve this.{4} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.{5} Our Subject Index and Site Index pages may also be helpful.{6} Why? Well in a vast number of movies there is a scene where someone gets into a taxi and, in response the driver asking Where to?, says Take me anywhere but here!. This sounded like a good idea for a Saint Helena Island Info feature…{7} At least, not as far as we know, but how can you be sure? There was a David Attenborough film (can’t remember which one) that showed a wombat digging a hole and another wombat standing behind getting showered with earth, but the second wombat didn’t think to move away. With a creature like that how can you be certain you haven’t harmed one?{8} NB: This is not an advertisement.{9} The four ‘Wirebird’ publications should not be confused.{10} PAGE-REFRESH EXPLAINED: to save Internet time most browsers maintain a ‘cache’ - a store of recently-viewed pages, images, etc. If you go back to a page you recently visited your browser will use a complicated algorithm to decide whether to use it’s stored page files, or get new ones from our Internet source. Obviously, if your browser decides to use its stored data, you will not see the updates we have made! On most systems you can force your browser to refresh its store from our servers by holding down the ‘Ctrl’ key and pressing the key ‘F5’. Please see your browser’s instructions for more.{11} We’d be happy also to test on Safari™ but we have no Apple™ devices and Apple™ does not release a Windows™ version of Safari™.

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