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Island Information

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

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


…and many 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.

Because this page has items listed, we also have a number of more focussed indexes (see below).

Long view of St Helena

The Pages

Information Index
Start here…

Island Information
Read about our island

A picture paints a thousand words

Community Pages
It’s what’s happening…

Subject Index
These are the pages you are searching for

Picture Gallery
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Historic Picture Gallery
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Today’s Images
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Image Search
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About This Site
Things to help you use Saint Helena Island Info

Alarm Forest
The place to live

Recording images of St Helena

Dark skies, warm nights

Betsy Balcombe
Napoleon’s Friend

Masters of the air

Writing about St Helena

The ‘Blue Book’
The Annual Colonial Report

Blue Hill
Not many have been there

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

Bridge Memorial Clock
Tick Tock

The Briars Pavilion
Napoleon’s Other House

A Brief History
How we got to here

Building St Helena Airport
Built and operating

Fun in the sun

The Castle
The most important of the Public Buildings

Castle Gardens
Sit and watch the world go by

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

A great time to be here

Search our events database

Churches of St Helena
And other religious buildings

Let’s go to a movie

Classic Cars
Travel back in time

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

Notes and Coins of St Helena
Money, Money, Money

Getting the message

Comparative History
Here and there

Our Constitution
Our supreme legislative document

Country Music
Keepin’ it country…

Cruise Ship Days
An unusual hive of activity

Dark Tourism
Visiting the darker parts of our history.

Deliberately Sunken Ships
Sent to the bottom

Diana’s Peak
Our highest point

Diplomatic Wireless Station
Or was it spying?

Discovery of St Helena
It’s not that simple

For old wrecks - and anyone else

Duke of Edinburgh Playground
For Kids; For Everyone

Dolphin watching
And other marine activities

Formerly the backbone of St Helena transport

Do they mean us?
Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

Driving in St Helena
Keep left…almost always

Easter Activities
Fishing and camping

The East India Company
John, to it’s friends

The Three ‘R’s

Endemic Species
They only live here

The ones that got away

Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

Family And Friends
How to find people on St Helena

Famous Visitors
Let’s drop a few names

The First Battle For St Helena?
Well, maybe…

Fishcakes, and other food
A taste of St Helena

Hook, line and sinker

Fish Processing
Exploiting our only natural resource

Our Flag
You may want to salute

The Flax Industry
Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

Fly here
The fastest way to get here

Fly Yourself Here
Open for visitors

Forts and Batteries
Defensive military installations

The Missing Fountain Mystery
Where did it go?

The Friendly Societies
Lending a hand

Geology of St Helena
Upon this rock…

Getting Here
How to travel to St Helena

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

Terms used

For the people, by the people?

The Governor of St Helena
The British monarch’s official representative

The Governor’s Cup
The yacht-race from Cape Town to St Helena

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

‘Gravity Rush’
It’s all downhill from here

The Great Wood Wall
Too little, too late

Old and older

Half Tree Hollow
Home on the hill

Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio

The Heart Shaped Waterfall
For lovers everywhere

The Historic Environment Record
A catalogue…

High Knoll Fort
Important, in the past and today

Historians of St Helena
Recording our past

Historic Buildings
A standing reminder

Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown
A sample

Historic Buildings In Brief - Country
A sample

Holidays and other festivals
Time to celebrate

A home on the range

How Small Is St Helena?
Stand by to be surprised

Important People
They made their mark

It’s the economy, stupid

In This Week
This Week, in history

The only time St Helena has been captured

Jacob’s Ladder
Stairway to heaven?

Where it all happens

Jobs on St Helena
You want to work here?

Jonathan the tortoise
The world’s oldest land resident?

Lace Making
Over 100 years of history

The Leisure Park
Eat, drink and be merry

Lemon Valley
Everything but the lemons

Quiet and rural

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

Isn’t that everything?

More than just Napoleon…

Longwood House
Napoleon’s residence

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

Lost Ships
Our seabed is littered with wrecks

Maldivia Gardens
Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

Maps of St Helena
Finding your way around

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

The Millennium Forest
Haven’t you grown…

The Mule Yard
No longer a place for donkeys

Myths Debunked!
Everybody knows that…

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

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

Napoleonic Bicentenary
A reason to celebrate…

Napoleon’s Tomb
But not his final resting place

National Flower
Unique to St Helena

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

National Symbols
Official and otherwise

Our Newspapers
All the week’s news and views

Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

Monitoring and measuring

On This Day
Today, in history

Other Military Sites
…and related places

The Castle of Otranto
A puzzling name

Oh, yes it is…!

Leave only footprints; take only photographs

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

Plantation House
The Governor’s Residence

Postage Stamps
Write me a letter …write it today

Postcards of St Helena
Old…and older

Quincentenary of St Helena
‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

Radio on St Helena
A surprisingly large number of stations

Radio St Helena
The voice of the island for 45 years

Our (Other) Railway
Useful; not quite as famous

Reading Sports
Home from home

The St Helena Regiment
‘The Old Saints’

Renewable Energy
Being a ‘green’ island

RMS St Helena
Two remarkable ships: 1978-2018

Take me home…

Rough Seas

The Run
Think of it as a long, thin park

So near, and yet so far

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

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

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

Saint FM Community Radio
News, features and entertainment

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

Saint Helena
She gave our island her name

Maybe it’s a state of mind?

Sandy Bay
Let’s go to the beach!

Saved Buildings
Almost lost; now restored

Fairy Terns… and others

The Seven Wonders of St Helena
Your itinerary?

Our Sister Islands
Part of our Territory

Slaves and slavery
Part of what makes us what we are

Exploring Space
To the stars and beyond

Speak Saint
Understand what Saints are saying

Sport in St Helena
Playing the game

St Helena’s Day
Celebrating our island’s discovery

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

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

St Paul’s
The Heartland of St Helena

Origins of island surnames
How islanders got their family names

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

All the world’s a stage

Everything on St Helena starts 20 minutes late

Titbits from the records
To amuse and inform

Two St Helenas?
Our mythical sister island

Unrest and Rebellion
We’re not gonna take it!

A Very Brief History
The most important bits

Visitor Information
Come and discover our island

Walking St Helena
Well off the beaten track

Weather and climate
Be prepared!

Get Married Here
…a memorable place

Whale Sharks
Fun to swim with!

‘Thar she blows!’

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

What To Do
The essential things to do

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

Where To Stay
Some advice for first-time visitors

White Ants
A pest by any other name…

The Wirebird
Bird on a wire?

A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

Read articles about St Helena
Articles related to the Island of St Helena

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

If what you’re looking for isn’t in this index, please consult our Information Index page (the master index) or use the Page Search facility (below).

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’.

Large island aerial view, from the North
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This is a student’s drawing from 2003, on the theme ‘The Future of St Helena’

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