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Island Detail

Read about our island

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.
Samuel Johnson

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As if being a beautiful sub-tropical island paradise is not enough, St Helena has many interesting aspects.

Some of them are mentioned here. If there is something about St Helena that we have not covered please contact us and we’ll try to add it in.

Please note that our Community Pages are not included in the index below.

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Information Index
Start here…

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Island Detail
Read about our island

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Pictures
A picture paints a thousand words

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Community Pages
It’s what’s happening…

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Subject Index
These are the pages you are searching for

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Picture Gallery
Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

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Historic Picture Gallery
Thumbnails that can be expanded to full size images

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Slide Show
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Historic Images Slide Show
Automated historic image show in random sequence

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Today’s Images
Look at what we feature

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Image Search
Find images on our site

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About This Site
Some things that will help you use Saint Helena Island Info

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Alarm Forest
The place to live

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Artists
Recording images of St Helena

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Astronomy
Dark skies, warm nights

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Betsy Balcombe
Napoleon’s Friend

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Birds
Masters of the air

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Blogs
Writing about St Helena

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The ‘Blue Book’
The Annual Colonial Report

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Blue Hill
Not many have been there

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Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)
Home-from-home? Not really…

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Bridge Memorial Clock
Tick Tock

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The Briars Pavilion
Napoleon’s Other House

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A Brief History
How we got to here

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Building St Helena Airport
Built and operating

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Carnival
Fun in the sun

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The Castle
The most important of the Public Buildings

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Castle Gardens
Sit and watch the world go by

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Characters of St Helena
Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? You decide…

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Christmas
A great time to be here

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Chronology
Search our events database

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Churches of St Helena
And other religious buildings

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Cinema
Let’s go to a movie

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Classic Cars
Travel back in time

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St Helena Coffee
‘The only good thing about St Helena is the coffee’ - Napoleon Bonaparte

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Notes and Coins of St Helena
Money, Money, Money

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Communications
Getting the message

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Comparative History
Here and there

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Our Constitution
Our supreme legislative document

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Country Music
Keepin’ it country…

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Cruise Ship Days
An unusual hive of activity

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Dark Tourism
Visiting the darker parts of our history.

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Deliberately Sunken Ships
Sent to the bottom

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Diana’s Peak
Our highest point

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Diplomatic Wireless Station
Or was it spying?

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Discovery of St Helena
It’s not that simple

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Diving
For old wrecks - and anyone else

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Duke of Edinburgh Playground
For Kids; For Everyone

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Dolphin watching
And other marine activities

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Donkeys
Formerly the backbone of St Helena transport

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Do they mean us?
Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

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Driving in St Helena
Keep left…almost always

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Easter Activities
Fishing and camping

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The East India Company
John, to it’s friends

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Education
The Three ‘R’s

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Endemic Species
They only live here

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Escape!
The ones that got away

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Exiles
Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

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Family And Friends
How to find people on St Helena

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Famous Visitors
Let’s drop a few names

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The First Battle For St Helena?
Well, maybe…

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Fishcakes, and other food
A taste of St Helena

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Fishing
Hook, line and sinker

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Fish Processing
Exploiting our only natural resource

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Our Flag
You may want to salute

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The Flax Industry
Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

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Fly here
The fastest way to get here

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Fly Yourself Here
Open for visitors

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Forts and Batteries
Defensive military installations

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The Missing Fountain Mystery
Where did it go?

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The Friendly Societies
Lending a hand

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Geology of St Helena
Upon this rock…

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Getting Here
How to travel to St Helena

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Ghost Stories of St Helena
Don’t look round, but…

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Glossary
Terms used

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Government
For the people, by the people?

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The Governor of St Helena
The one at the top?

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The Governor’s Cup
Racing to St Helena

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The Governor’s Hat
If you want to get ahead…

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‘Gravity Rush’
It’s all downhill from here

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The Great Wood Wall
Too little, too late

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Guns
Old and older

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Half Tree Hollow
Home on the hill

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Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio
CQ, CQ, CQ

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The Heart Shaped Waterfall
For lovers everywhere

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The Historic Environment Record
A catalogue…

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High Knoll Fort
Important, in the past and today

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Historians of St Helena
Recording our past

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Historic Buildings
A standing reminder

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown
A sample

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Country
A sample

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Holidays and other festivals
Time to celebrate

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Houses
A home on the range

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How Small Is St Helena?
Stand by to be surprised

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Important People
They made their mark

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Industries
It’s the economy, stupid

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In This Week
This Week, in history

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Invasion!
The only time St Helena has been captured

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Jacob’s Ladder
Stairway to heaven?

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Jamestown
Where it all happens

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Jobs on St Helena
You want to work here?

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Jonathan the tortoise
The world’s oldest land resident?

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Lace Making
Over 100 years of history

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The Leisure Park
Eat, drink and be merry

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Lemon Valley
Everything but the lemons

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Levelwood
Quiet and rural

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Could you live here?
Some of what you need to consider

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‘Local’?
Isn’t that everything?

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Longwood
More than just Napoleon…

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Longwood House
Napoleon’s residence

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Lost and almost-lost Buildings
‘In need of some work…’

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Lost Ships
Our seabed is littered with wrecks

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Maldivia Gardens
Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

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Maps of St Helena
Finding your way around

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Memories of St Helena
‘Well, back in the day…’

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The Millennium Forest
Haven’t you grown…

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The Mule Yard
No longer a place for donkeys

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Myths Debunked!
Everybody knows that…

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Our island’s name
What, exactly, is it?

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Napoleon
His imprisonment, his death, and some things you maybe don’t know about him

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Napoleonic Bicentenary
A reason to celebrate…

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Napoleon’s Tomb
But not his final resting place

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National Flower
Unique to St Helena

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Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’
Unofficially, at least

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National Symbols
Official and otherwise

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Our Newspapers
All the week’s news and views

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Nicknames
Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

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Observatories
Monitoring and measuring

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On This Day
Today, in history

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Other Military Sites
…and related places

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Pantomime
Oh, yes it is…!

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Photography
Leave only footprints; take only photographs

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Place Names
Some we can explain; some we can’t

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Plantation House
The Governor’s Residence

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Postage Stamps
Write me a letter …write it today

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Postcards of St Helena
Old…and older

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Quincentenary of St Helena
‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

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Radio on St Helena
A surprisingly large number of stations

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Radio St Helena
The voice of the island for 45 years

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Our (Other) Railway
Useful; not quite as famous

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Reading Sports
Home from home

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The St Helena Regiment
‘The Old Saints’

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Renewable Energy
Being a ‘green’ island

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RMS St Helena
Two remarkable ships: 1978-2018

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Roads
Take me home…

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Rollers
Rough Seas

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The Run
Think of it as a long, thin park

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Rupert’s
So near, and yet so far

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S.A.M.S. Radio 1
News, features and entertainment

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S.A.M.S. Radio 2
The BBC World Service on FM

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S.A.M.S. Pure Gold
Continuous music

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Saint FM Community Radio
News, features and entertainment

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Saint FM (2004-2012)
The Heartbeat of St Helena

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Saint Helena
She gave our island her name

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Saints
Maybe it’s a state of mind?

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Sandy Bay
Let’s go to the beach!

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Saved Buildings
Almost lost; now restored

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‘Seabirds’
Fairy Terns… and others

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The Seven Wonders of St Helena
Your itinerary?

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Our Sister Islands
Part of our Territory

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Slaves and slavery
Part of what makes us what we are

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Exploring Space
To the stars and beyond

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Speak Saint
Understand what Saints are saying

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Sport in St Helena
Playing the game

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St Helena’s Day
Celebrating our island’s discovery

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St. James’ Church
The oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere

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St. Paul’s Cathedral
Important, but with humble beginnings

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St Paul’s
The Heartland of St Helena

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Origins of island surnames
How islanders got their family names

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Go Swimming!
People have been doing it since the Stone Age

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Theatres
All the world’s a stage

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Time
Everything on St Helena starts 20 minutes late

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Titbits from the records
To amuse and inform

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Two St Helenas?
Our mythical sister island

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Unrest and Rebellion
We’re not gonna take it!

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A Very Brief History
The most important bits

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Visitor Information
Come and discover our island

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Walking St Helena
Well off the beaten track

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Weather and climate
Be prepared!

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Get Married Here
…a memorable place

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Whaling
‘Thar she blows!’

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Shopping: What to buy
A bit of St Helena to take home

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What To Do
The essentials!

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Where is St Helena?
How to find St Helena on a map

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Where To Stay
Some advice for first-time visitors

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White Ants
A pest by any other name…

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The Wirebird
Bird on a wire?

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Yachting
A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

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Zzyzx
Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

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Articles related to the Island of St Helena

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This is a student’s drawing from 2003, on the theme ‘The Future of St Helena’


Credits:

{a} Tourist Office



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