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I judge people by what they might be, not are, nor will be.
Robert Browning, in ‘The Speed of Darkness’ (1968)

History, they say, is not about events; it’s about people. This is a subset of our Island Detail pages which covers items related to St Helena people.

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Betsy Balcombe Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Betsy Balcombe

Napoleon’s Friend

Boer Prisoners (1900-1902) Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)

Home-from-home? Not really…

Characters of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? Criminal? You decide…

Comparative History Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Comparative History

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Dark Tourism Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Dark Tourism

Visiting the darker parts of our history.

Duke of Edinburgh Playground Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Duke of Edinburgh Playground

For Kids; For Everyone

Exiles Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Exiles

Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

Family And Friends Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Family And Friends

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Famous Visitors

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The Friendly Societies Saint Helena Island Info Island People

The Friendly Societies

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Ghost Stories of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Ghost Stories of St Helena

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Government Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Government

For the people, by the people?

The Governor of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

The Governor of St Helena

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Historians of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Historians of St Helena

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Important People Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Important People

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Industries Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Industries

It’s the economy, stupid

‘Local’? Saint Helena Island Info Island People

‘Local’?

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Memories of St Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Memories of St Helena

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Myths Debunked! Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Myths Debunked!

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Napoleon Bonaparte Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Napoleonic Bicentenary Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Napoleonic Bicentenary

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Nicknames Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Nicknames

Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

Saint Helena Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Saint Helena

She gave our island her name

Saints Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Saints

Maybe it’s a state of mind?

Our Sister Islands Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Our Sister Islands

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Slaves and slavery Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

Exploring Space Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Exploring Space

To the stars and beyond

Origins of island surnames Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Origins of island surnames

How islanders got their family names

Titbits from the records Saint Helena Island Info Island People

Titbits from the records

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Article: Family life

From the 2002 Master’s thesis in Human Geography, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, by Maarten Hogenstijn and Daniël van Middelkoop, Page 63{1}

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The family is what holds Saint Helenian society together. Relatives help each other with odd jobs or goods all the time, and the flow of remittances is through family relations. Family is a favourite topic of conversation and an important source of identity. What family you are from determines to a large extent what place you will occupy in society. It is the first source of identification, as French consul Michel Martineau stresses: You will hear that if you ask someone who is he or who is she, they will always classify the person by which family he or she belongs to. The first son of, you know. Or, he belongs to this branch. I mean just ask around, who is that, and they will tell family. The individual identity only comes through that. It never works from friendship. They will never tell he is a friend of.

The importance of family life is stressed in many ways. Many people spend Sundays with family. If you go out on Saint Helena, it will often be with the whole family. At Donny’s Club for example, there is always a children’s disco before the adult disco starts on Friday or Saturday nights. A ‘Family day out’ is often organised. Families go out picnicking on Horse Pasture or at Lemon Valley in weekends. As an outsider, you are very lucky to get invited to such occasions. Bishop John comments: I am lucky, because at Christmas I get invited to family celebrations and it’s not just mother-father-children, but it is more what I would call an extended family. It’s far more close-knit here that it would be say in the UK, where the nucleus tends to be just father, mother children. Whereas here, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters all tend to live in the same area.A comment that is often heard informally is that everyone is related to everyone else. This is especially true in outlying districts like Blue Hill or Levelwood, where people tended to marry within their districts. But even in total the number of families on the island is not that great. The phone book listed 153 different family names. But six family names together accounted for a third of the total number of entries.

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{1} Reproduced for educational non-commercial use only; all copyrights are acknowledged.



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