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Helping you use Saint Helena Island Info

The best place for information on St Helena

Why is this site here? How do you get the best from it? Read on…

Everything you could possibly want to know about St Helena

IN BRIEF: Saint Helena Island Info provides all the latest{1} and most accurate information you need to help you learn about and explore our island, covering St Helena’s history, culture, places to visit, food & drink, nature and activities to enjoy, with information on how to visit, where to stay and related travel information. In fact, our information pages cover everything you could possibly want to know about our island! More below…

Below: What is this site for? • How to use Saint Helena Island Info • If you have a question • Island History • Material we have used • Site History and Updates • Beware of impostors! • ‘What the Saints did next…’ • Technical Information • Who is ‘we’? • Read More

What is this site for?

Put simply, Saint Helena Island Info 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 information pages on the site 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 maintaining factual accuracy and honesty.

How to use Saint Helena Island Info

You can get to here from any page using the HELP button (). If you came here that way you can return using your browser’s Back button.

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, which will show you how to navigate to the detail you seek.

See also Technical Information (below)

Below: Page Structure • Subject Groups Explained • Other Indexes • Content Policies • Adverts

Page Structure

Some of the following assumes that you have Javascript enabled in your browser, which it appears you do not.

Pages on Saint Helena Island Info follow a standard structure:

Subject Groups Explained

Saint Helena Island Info currently has 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):


Our activity pages


Our history pages


Our people pages


Our place pages


Our nature pages


Our structures pages


Our pictures pages


All our information pages


The Community pages

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

Other Indexes

If searching for content you may also find useful:

Content Policies

Children warning

Information and data are presented ‘as is’ and while we endeavour to ensure accuracy this cannot be guaranteed. No liability can be accepted for any errors in the information or data presented. For more Terms & Conditions see our page Important Information.

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.

These days it is normal to write place names without any apostrophes, even where these are clearly implied in the name. Thus what should be written Munden’s Hill - named after Governor Richard Munden - is almost always written Mundens Hill. In general we have shown place names as they are usually written, without any apostrophes that should really be there.

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.

Where legal matters are discussed please note that this website is only providing a Layman’s Opinion. You should not take any action based on what you read on this website without first consulting a qualified legal professional.


All electrons used in the production of this site are 100% recycled. No wombats were harmed in the making of this site{6}.


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 Saint Helena Island Info, our (few) costs are sponsored by Burgh 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 second-hand books on the South Atlantic Islands current list.{7}

If you have a question

Before you contact us with your question, perhaps we have already answered it? Firstly there is the information on our information pages - see How to use (above) for how to find stuff. For more general questions check our Frequently Asked Questions and Help With pages for answers to many common questions we are asked about Saint Helena Island Info and about St Helena itself

If none of these answers your question please feel free to contact us.

Island History

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:

We source some images and other content from the Internet, but only from public domain sources and we always respect copyright. If you think we have breached your copyright or used your copyrighted material without your permission please contact us and we will advise on how access our ‘Alleged Breach of Copyright’ procedure.

The best website about St Helena Island on the Internet!

Site History and Updates

Saint Helena Island Info was last updated on @@JAVASITELASTUPDATED@@.

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 Saint Helena Island 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 our Twitter™ Feed. After we update the site you may need to force your browser to refresh the page{9}!

June 2010
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 information 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 information pages) and 210 images. By the end of 2014 there were 87 pages (77 information 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.

Yet another example of how so many questions placed on this Group need not to have been asked if only people consulted Saint Helena Island Info first!
Participant in a St Helena ‘Information’ Group on Facebook™

Beware of impostors!

Impostor flag

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…’

What’s happening inside St Helena…

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


S.A.M.S. Radio 1


SaintFM Community Radio

Please note: there are pages/groups on Facebook™ and other sources purporting to give news and information about St Helena. Not all of these are reliable and you should use them with caution{10}.

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

Technical Information

Below: Standards Conformance • Encoding • Usability • Browser Testing • Site Index • Error Page • Work In Progress • Javascript • ‘Cookies’ • Site Maintenance

Standards Conformance

XHTML 1.0 Transitional

This site is sample-validated for conformance with the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard. If you encounter any conformance issues please contact us.


Pages on this site are encoded in utf-8.


A minimum viewing window width of 720 pixels is recommended for this site.

This site uses Cascading Style Sheets. You can therefore control text size and colours using your web browser. Please refer to the documentation for your web browser for further information.

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.

Browser Testing

Pages are tested using Google™ Chrome™, Firefox™ , Opera™ and Internet Explorer™{11}. All features should work in these browsers but some may not work in other browsers.

Site Index

A full site index appears here.

Error Page

Unresolved URLs are directed here: Error Page

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.


Javascript logo

Javascript is a technology that allows websites to display dynamic content, e.g. date-based or user-selected displays. Saint Helena Island Info makes use of Javascript to deliver useful content so please note that some features described on this page will only work if you have Javascript enabled in your browser.

It appears you do not have Javascript enabled in your browser (not recommended).


This site does not use ‘cookies’. However, some of the third-party products (e.g. Google™) used on this site may employ cookies, outside our control.

Site Maintenance

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

Who is ‘we’?

Editor, John Turner
Editor, John Turner

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. The operating costs of this site are sponsored by Burgh House Limited, providing services to businesses on, or trading with, St Helena.

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.

Read More

Article: www.sthelena.se

Our tribute to the original ‘website of St Helena’

John Ekwall, 1996
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:

wwwsthelenase 1996

The site in Swedish:

wwwsthelenase in Swedish

There is also now a version of the site in English at joesweden.info/sthelena, courtesy of the originator, John Ekwall.

Laugh at funny About This Site humour - LOL

{1} Saint Helena Island Info was last updated on @@JAVASITELASTUPDATED@@.{2} There used to be. It was removed in December 2018 to make the site easier to use on mobile devices.{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} Why? Well in a vast number of movies there is a scene where someone gets into a taxi and, in response to the driver asking Where to?, says Take me anywhere but here!. This sounded like a good idea for a Saint Helena Island Info feature…{6} 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?{7} NB: This is not an advertisement.{8} The four ‘Wirebird’ publications should not be confused.{9} 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 its 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.{10} our Facebook™ page is, of course, safe and reliable!{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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