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What is this site for?How to use Saint Helena Island InfoJavascriptPage StructureAdvertsSt Helena HistoryMaterial we have usedSite History and UpdatesWho is ‘we’?If you have a questionBeware of impostors!Technical InformationStandards ConformanceEncodingUsabilityTestingSite IndexError PageWork In ProgressSite Maintenance

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Alarm Forest

The place to live

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About Alarm ForestAlarm Forest seems to have been named after Alarm House, a prominent building on the hillside (see picture). Prior to 1692 two guns were stationed here which were fired to raise the alarm whenever unknown ships were sighted in James Bay.The BriarsThe futureRead MoreArticle: “ Eating Local ”

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Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio

CQ, CQ, CQ

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HistoryThe radio scene todayWorld War 2Read MoreArticle: “ Stardate 050306…is there anybody up there? ”

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Astronomy

Dark skies, warm nights

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The issue: light pollutionNo light pollution here!Walking in the footsteps…Read MoreArticle: “ Saint Helena Dark Sky Island ”

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Blogs

Writing about St Helena

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“Visitor” BlogsTwo Years in the Atlantic6 Months A SaintVoyaging VictoriaAs far as you can go…Notes from a (very) small islandSt Helena Island South Atlantic AdventureThe Banzai Chicken BlogThe 5 Gigabyte DietThree months on St HelenaGillian Scott Moore St HelenaLittle eyes on an islandRambling Wombat visits St HelenaHistory BlogsReflections on a journey to St HelenaSaint Helena 15.55 South 5.43 WestOther BlogsSt Helena WirebirdMuch Older St Helena StuffSt Helena Online

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Blue Hill

Not many have been there

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What happens in Blue Hill?HistoryWirebirdsThe FutureBlue Hill in pictures

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Blue Magic (band)

Rock, Blues, Reggae

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About Blue MagicRead MoreArticle: “ Blue Magic Upload Music Video to YouTube ”

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Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)

Home-from-home - almost

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In advanceArrivalActivitiesBoer CemetaryEscapeesDeparture (for most)Read MoreArticle: “ Were there black prisoners in the Boer camps of St Helena? ”

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The Briars Pavilion

Napoleon’s Other House

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Napoleon, and beforeLater HistoryToday

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Bridge Memorial Clock

Tick Tock

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About the ‘Bridge Clock’‘Standing Tall’Read MoreArticle: “ Please, Please, Give Me A Lick of Paint ”

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A Brief History

How we got to here

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DiscoveryEarly yearsThe English take overThe Dutch InvasionThe East India Company…againNapoleon Bonaparte…and afterCrown Colony20th CenturySt Helena in World War 1St Helena in World War 2In 1949 the SS Umtali left St Helena with 136 passengers bound for the port of Dover in England. The passengers included 100 men, economic migrants who were contracted to work as agricultural labourers in Britain. The story of the ‘100 Men’ and their experience of rural England is told in a 2007 DVD film (available from the Moonbeams Shop ).Citizenship21st Century‘What the Saints did next…’Read MoreSourcesImportant VisitorsVisit Our MuseumArticle: “ For the Love of History - Local lady historian, Barbara George ”

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Bring back Aishah and Faris

They have a right to see their mother

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What happenedWhat can I do?

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Building St Helena Airport

Built and operating

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A long time coming…Investigations, but no planSHELCOThe 2005 announcement2011: Airport to be built on St HelenaAirport to be built on St HelenaBuilding the AirportConstructionThe Final BlastAirport Name and LogoTest FlightsThe First PlaneSecond Test Flight & ASSI CertificationFinal test flightOpening “ indefinitely postponed ”Wind ShearOther FlightsA new hope?‘Category C’PhotographsNot without incident…Official CommunicationsPress Release, 10th June 2016Press Release, 28th July 2016Press Release, 24th October 2016St Helena Airport GameHow will St Helena change?The Future of the ‘Bradleys Camp’Read MoreOfficial Access WebsiteArticle: “ Building an airport for St Helena ”

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Carnival

Fun in the sun

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What happens for CarnivalRead MoreArticle: “ Carnival, just like being in Brazil ”

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Castle Gardens

Sit and watch the world go by

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Where is it and what’s there?HistoryThe FountainThe Water Witch monument‘Ann’s Place’‘No Loitering’Read MoreArticle: “ Working Together ”

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Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? Criminal? You decide…

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Capt. Benjamin BoucherRev. Richard BoysLouden’s BenFather DaineJames Francis HomageeAuntie LouAn Honourable Mention

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Christmas Celebrations

A great time to be here

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How we celebrate ChristmasChristmas PastA snowman in St Helena?Read MoreArticle: “ Christmas stories from St Helena ”

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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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St. James’, JamestownTower / Spire / Neither / SpireThe original towerThe first spireThe current spire, erected September 2016Other viewsAll creatures, great and smallSt. Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’sThe Bell…and the ‘expert’sSt. Matthew’s, Hutt’s GateOther older churchesMore modern churchesThe Portuguese Chapel, JamestownRelated buildingsGravestones and memorial windowsRead MoreArticle: “ Entry on the World Monument Fund watch-list ”

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Cinema

Let’s go to a movie

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Early movie theatresThe ‘Talkies’Later DevelopmentsDecline and closure

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Classic Cars

Travel back in time

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Why are there so many classic cars on St Helena?Photographs of some carsOne you can definitely ride inSt Helena’s first carDreams…And also… the ultimate classic ‘car’Some older cars

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St Helena Coffee

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

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The history of our coffeeSt Helena coffee todayRead MoreArticle: “ WHAAAAaaaat? Writer’s accolade for St Helena coffee ”Article: “ From Steel to Coffee - A Mid-Life Career Change ”

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Communications

Getting the message

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PostPosting to St HelenaDelivery to/from St HelenaPosting from St HelenaSt Helena internal postSea FreightTelephonesCalling to St HelenaCalling from and within St HelenaCurious features of our telephone systemTelephone HistoryRadio TelephonesThe Internet and EmailAccessing the Internet in St Helena‘Wi-Fi Hotspots’‘State of the Island’ report, 2015HistoryMobile (‘cell’) Phones‘Solar Interference’Sure South Atlantic Ltd.Military RadioThe Eastern Telegraph CableRead MoreArticle: “ St Helena’s part in the ‘Victorian Internet’. ”

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The Community Development Organisation

Supporting the island’s community groups

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About The Community Development OrganisationContacts:

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Community Pages

It’s what’s happening…

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Information IndexSubject IndexBring back Aishah and FarisBlue Magic (band)The Community Development OrganisationCreative Saint HelenaFreedom of Information CampaignFriends of St HelenaHuman Rights on St Helena‘Save Our Ship’St Helena Nature Conservation Group

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Our Constitution

Our supreme legislative document

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What it isRead MoreRead it for yourselfArticle: “ Press Release - New Constitution ”

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Contact Saint Helena Island Info

Ways to get in touch

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By Email:Via our Facebook™ page:Via our Twitter™ page:By Phone:By Post:Message in a bottle:Communications NoteVisit us in person

 

Could you live here?

Some of what you need to consider

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Do you want…Can you cope with…The laid-back attitudeShortagesPaperworkBeing disconnectedTeenager issuesHealthThings that don’t workIt may sound daft but…And finally…feeling abandonedHow to live hereWhat to bring (and what to leave behind)TechnologyMedicinesBooksA good CameraGear for your Leisure PursuitsEducational ToysInternet Banking passwords, etc.Glasses, not Contact LensesKitchen EquipmentMobile (‘Cell’) PhonesVehiclesFreezer-BlocksFoodstuffs‘Dress Clothing’A Digital Radio‘White Goods’Antiques‘Gifts and greetings cards’Thoughts on bringing a vehicleRead MoreSourcesOfficialOtherArticle: “ Shopping a daily puzzle on remote St Helena ”Article: “ Moving from the UK to live on St Helena ”

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Country Music

Keepin’ it country…

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Country music and St HelenaWhy?Local CountryTake part!Read MoreArticle: “ Saint Helena influences up and coming music stars ”

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Creative Saint Helena

Promoting, facilitating and mentoring St Helena’s creative, visual, musical and dramatic arts

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About UsIN+VENTIVE‘Speaking Saint’ - the booksContact

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Cruise Ship Days

An unusual hive of activity

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ToursCruise Ship MarketsVisitors’ CommentsFailure to land - what to doEarly cruise ship visitorsThe very first cruise shipThe Viceroy of IndiaRead MoreArticle: “ The most surprising place we’ve been… ”

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Deliberately Sunken Ships

Sent to the bottom

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The Frontier, 1994The Bedgellett, 2001The Atlantic Rose, 2006The Portzic, 2008

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Diana’s Peak

Our highest point

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Not just one, but three…The Diana’s Peak National ParkWalking Diana’s PeakBut who was Diana?7 Wonders of St Helena votingRead MoreArticle: “ Mountains or Molehills over peaks controversy ”

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Diplomatic Wireless Station

Or was it spying?

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What we knowWhat we think we knowPro BonoKeeping in touch…Read MoreArticle: “ First Posting, Forty Years On ”

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Discovery of St Helena

It’s not that simple

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The official versionThe feast day of Saint HelenaSo where did the date of 21st May come from?Maybe da Nova didn’t discover St Helena?Maybe it was 18th August after all?What about another date?And the answer is…Read MoreArticle: “ St Helena Day ”

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Diving

For old wrecks . . . and anyone else.

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Wrecks to exploreDive factsA selection of dive sitesSS PapanuiBedgellett and Atlantic RoseWhite LionFrontierRFA DarkdaleButtermilk PointCavalley PointDockyardRed IslandThompson’s Valley IslandArtificial ReefThe St Helena Dive ClubThe LawWant to learn diving?Read MoreArticle: “ Where the Saints go diving after work ”A Seafaring HistoryConserving for the FutureWarm Clear WaterMuch More Than Just fishNEED TO KNOWArticle: “ World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St Helena Island ”Article: “ A report by the RAF diving team, working on the White Lion in 1998 ”

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Do they mean us?

Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

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The Daily MailShark Attack!The ‘Rusty Lifeline’Interesting pictureAirport ‘scrapped’!Serious misinformation!‘Facts’ from the CIA ‘World Factbook’Not here…Daily Express: ‘Top 10 facts about St Helena’Daily Telegraph: “ Napoleon’s final resting place: in pictures ”Daily Express: ‘Top 10 facts about St Helena’Not where it says

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Dolphin watching

. . . and other marine activities

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Watching dolphinsVesselsWhales, whale sharks, etc…WhalesWhale SharksAnd while you’re out there…Read MoreArticle: “ Facts about Dolphins ”How do dolphins communicate and do they have their own language?How does dolphin sonar work?What and how much do dolphins eat?How old can dolphins get?How deep can dolphins dive?How fast can dolphins swim?

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Donkeys

Formerly the backbone of St Helena transport

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HistoryThe Present DayDonkey FactsMeet a donkey!A New Beginning?‘You have donkeys; why not horses?’Read MoreArticle: “ St Helena through the eyes of…a Donkey Home ”

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Downloads

An index to referenced documents

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Icon IndexDocs 11884 map of St HelenaDocs 22016 Tourism brochure: Activities2016 Tourism brochure: Bird watching2016 Tourism brochure: Diving2016 Tourism brochure: Flora and fauna2016 Tourism brochure: Jamestown2016 Tourism brochure: Napoleon2016 Tourism brochure: Napoleon (French)2016 Tourism brochure: Walking and hikingDocs 77 Wonders of St Helena: Barbara George speaks in support of Jacob’s Ladder7 Wonders of St Helena: Ben Jeffs speaks in support of High Knoll Fort7 Wonders of St Helena: Cathy Hopkins speaks in support of St. James’ Church7 Wonders of St Helena: Dr. Rebecca Cairns-Wicks speaks in support of the Diana’s Peak National Park7 Wonders of St Helena: Ivy Yon, Joan Thomas & George Thomas speaks in support of Longwood House7 Wonders of St Helena: Trevor Magellan speaks in support of Napoleon’s Tomb7 Wonders of St Helena: Vince Thompson speaks in support of the Heart-shaped WaterfallDocs AAir Navigation Regulations summaryAirport announcement, 14th March 2005Article on the first planeArtificial Reef report, July 2014The Ashmole Report, 2006Astronomers and other scientists on St Helena (1974)Atom Voyages, Chapter 20: Emperors and AstronomersDocs BBBC From Our Own Correspondent 2016 05 14BBC Radio 4 Play, broadcast Friday 27th November 2009, in which Angola invades St HelenaBBC Radio 4’s “From Our Own Correspondent”, 22nd December 2012, Horatio Claire on his recent visit to St HelenaThe bells of JamestownBoer Prisoners: Mr. Johnson, an islander, recalling the escape of Andries SmorenburgBoer prisoners studyBridge Memorial Clock Dedication, Acting Governor’s SpeechA brief overview of National Conservation AreasBruce family historyBuilt Heritage ReportDocs CCensus, 1946Census 2016 (summary)Conspiracy on St Helena? (Mis)remembering Napoleon’s ExileCrallan report, 1974, Appendix 7Docs DDarkdale Rescue, Sidi YoungDaylight Saving Time proposalA Decade of Sailing, 2006A Description of the Island of St Helena, 1805Diving Good PracticeDoveton family treeDocs EEric M. George Obituary, 2001Extracts from the records, 1885Extracts relating to the Giant Tortoises in vet Joe Hollins’s 2009 reportDocs FThe first dozen yearsThe First (modern) St Helena Herald, 1st June 2001Fish Cakes, Napoleon’s favouriteFlax-stripper soundDocs GThe Giant Earwig of St HelenaGovernor Alan Hoole, swearing in, 1991Governor Clancy, Xmas message 2006Governor Gurr on the importance of the RMS, 2010Governor Hollamby’s introduction to the Quincentenary celebrationsGovernor Massingham, interviewed in 1984Governor Robert Stimson regarding the new RMS, 30th November 1990Governor Sir Robert Alford, interviewed in 1962Governor’s Oaths, 2007 Andrew GurrThe Governor & St HelenaGov. Hollamby welcomes the Princess Royal in 2002Guns of St HelenaDocs HA Handbook and Gazetteer of The Island of St Helena, 1947The Herald’s report on Princess Anne’s Visit in 2002High Seas Adventure, Ham StyleA History of the Island of St Helena, 1824HMS Trincomalee at St HelenaDocs IImmigration Ordinance 310314Information for yachtsIsland description in The Saturday Magazine, 1839Island NicknamesDocs JJack Thorpe speaking about General CronjéJamestown Vision 2020Docs LThe Last St Helena News, 25th May 2001Leaflet: St. James’ churchLeaflet: St. Paul’s CathedralLocal Country artists The Peters Family sing “Ol’ Dutch”Docs MMap of the World Showing the Extent of the British Empire, 1886Marine Reservoir Corrections: St HelenaMason Report, 1921Matty John and the “Mighty Sperm Whale”Media Standards Guidelines, 2014Miles Apart - New and secondhand books on the South Atlantic islands and the AntarcticModern St Helena map (2014)Docs NNapoleonic Bicentenary, French Visit ProgrammeNew Hampshire Public Radio on St Helena, 21st July 2015Docs OOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Advert for milk at Thorpe’sOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): “Discover the difference” Station IDOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Emma-Jane [Yon] Personal and Station IDOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Launch of transmission on 93.1MHzOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Mike Olsson closing down Saint FM at 4pm on 21st December 2012 [please see footnote on the linking page regarding copyrighted music]Original Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Mike’s unsuccessful attempt to interview Chief Secretary Martin Hallam (a.k.a. ‘Biggles’)Original Saint FM (2004 to 2012): News extract - problem with the water drillingOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Pre-launch promo, used as part of the test transmissionsOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for advertising on Saint FM and the St Helena IndependentOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for Bert Constantine’s Country Music programmeOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for the Saint FM websiteOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for the “Wake-up call” programmeOriginal Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Start of Governor Andrew Gurr’s programme, Christmas 2007Original Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless sponsored the Saint FM News broadcastsOur ConstitutionOur National Song, “My St Helena Island”“Overheard in Warrens”Docs PPaleornithology of St Helena, 1975The PapanuiPublic Access to St Helena Government Information - Code of Practice (2014)Docs QQuincentennary reportDocs RRadio: louder, clearer, betterRadio St Helena: 1984 Station Introduction (partial)Radio St Helena: Closedown - the final hour up to midnight 25th December 2012Radio St Helena Day 15th October 1993: Tony Leo introducing and speech from Governor HooleRadio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October 1990 20:00h Tony Leo with announcemets, weather & introduce programme, Joy LawrenceRadio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Joy Lawrence & ‘phone call from New YorkRadio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Joy Lawrence & ‘phone call from the UKRadio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Station Identification by Tony LeoRadio St Helena Day 1992, 23rd October, Tony Leo signing offRadio St Helena Day 1996Radio St Helena Day 2006, official announcement then Stedson FrancisRadio St Helena detailed schedule, August 2001Radio St Helena: HistoryRadio St Helena: history (older)Radio St Helena: Jingle and local news, Joy Lawrence, 1995Radio St Helena: Local News, 14th October 1994: Death of the last wild St Helena OliveRadio St Helena News, 30th March 2010Radio St Helena: Opening; Fanfare and ‘A life on the ocean wave’, 1996Radio St Helena: “Operating 1548”, a song about the station(1981)Radio St Helena: QSL reply, 1987Radio St Helena: Ralph Peters with ‘PrimeTime’, 15th December 2005Radio St Helena: Schedule for the final five daysRadio St Helena schedule, June 1986Radio St Helena: Station Ident, 1992Radio St Helena: Station Identification, 2012Radio St Helena: Tony Leo closing down at 22.23hrs on Friday 10th November 1995Radio St Helena: Tony Leo on 25th December 2012, proving that however competent you are, sometimes the equipment fights back!Rediscovery of the St Helena EbonyRenewable Energy ReportA rescue plan for the Three Peaks, 1996RMS Horn (Departure)Rockfall, 1890Docs SThe Saint Helena RailwaySaving electricityThe secret plot to rescue Napoleon by submarineSong about Lemon ValleySong composed to welcome Prince Andrew to the island in 1984Spatial identities of the citizens of Saint HelenaState of the Island report, 2015St Helena Airport Local Traffic RegulationsSt Helena Airport Tariffs, May 2016St Helena: A Physical, Historical and Topographical Description of the Island, 1875St Helena, Edmond Halley, the discovery of Stellar Proper Motion, and the mystery of AldebaranSt Helena from spaceSt Helena Herald quincentenary souvenirSt Helena Independent, First edition, 11th November 2005St Helena postal historySt Helena’s batteriesSt Helena’s Day ArticleSt Helena’s forgotten currency board, by Steve Hanke and Matt SekerkeSt Helena: South Atlantic FortressSt Helena, South Atlantic Fortress2006St Helena, The Historic Island, From Its Discovery To The Present Date, 1905St. James’ Church BellSt. Paul’s Cathedral BellDocs TTapping the bellstoneA tribute to Johnny DrummondDocs WWelcoming the new RMS St Helena, 30th November 1990What happened to the coffee?William ThorpeThe world at night, from space

 

Driving in St Helena

Keep left…almost always

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Your vehicleRules and conventions of the roadBasicsOther subjects raised in the Highway CodeMore advanced drivingRush HourSpeed BumpsIf you break downWant to be mistaken for a local?A few ‘fascinating facts’Just to be serious for a moment…How it all began“ What do you do with your scrap cars? ”Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016And finally…Read MoreArticle: “ Don’t stay too long at St Helena’s craziest attraction… ”Article: “ …poor driving standards of some motorists on island ”

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The East India Company

John, to it’s friends

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Company HistorySt HelenaRead MoreSourcesArticle: “ Directors’ Letter, August 1687 ”

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Easter Activities

Fishing and camping

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Maundy Thursday FishingCampingRead MoreArticle: “ Easter and More - an ex-pat view ”

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Endemic Species

They only live here

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The factsInvertebrates (aka ‘bugs’)Blushing SnailSpiky Yellow WoodlouseSpidersMyrtle Ashmole BooklouseVarious GroundbeetlesAnd many others…Trees, Ferns, mosses, etc.The EbonyThe RedwoodBastard GumwoodFalse GumwoodCabbagesLarge Bellflower and Dwarf JellicoThe Barn FernThe Bone SeedThe Tea PlantAnd also…FishOthers, now probably extinctWhy are so many endemics called ‘Bastard …’?Further ReadingRead MoreArticle: “ Rare woodlouse found to glow in the dark ”Article: “ Lost endemic plant rediscovered after 200 years ”Article: “ New wasp genus found on remote St Helena ”

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Exiles

Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

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Fernão Lopez (c.1516-1545)Napoleon Bonaparte (1815-1821)Dinizulu kaCetshwayo (1890-1897)Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)Zulu Poll Tax Prisoners (1907-1910)Sayyid Khalid bin Barghash Al-Busaid (1917-1921)Bahraini Prisoners (1957-1961)Read MoreArticle: “ St Helena Island Prison Camp ”Article: “ For Gaddafi, a home on St Helena ”

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Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

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Please don’t…Who to contact - living peopleWho to contact - deceased peopleHow to find a pen-palDid your person do something notable on St Helena?Read MoreFamily History LinksArticle: “ Joan’s famous ancestor came to live in Bath ”Article: “ New Zealand Couple seek distant family connection ”

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Famous Visitors

Let’s drop a few names

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1502: João da Nova1515: Dürer’s Rhinocerous1588: Sir Thomas Cavendish1603: Sir James Lancaster1658: Johan Nieuhof1677: Edmond Halley1691: Captain Dampier1761: Nevil Maskelyne1771: Captain James Cook1776: Horatio Nelson1792: Captain Bligh1805: The Duke of Wellington1817: William Thackeray1836: Charles Darwin1838: Prince William Henry Frederick of Holland1840: Prince de Joinville1852: SS Great Britain1860: HRH Prince Albert1880: Empress Eugenie1880 Prince Albert William Heinrich of Prussia1898: Joshua Slocum1910: Duke of Connaught1925: HRH Edward, Prince of Wales1936: Lord and Lady Baden-Powell1947: HRH King George VI1957: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh1984: HRH Prince Andrew2002: HRH Anne, The Princess RoyalRead MoreArticle: “ The day a tortoise turned turtle for the King of England ”

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Fishcakes, and other food

A taste of St Helena

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RecipiesSt Helena Fishcakes‘Bread ’n Dance’‘Around the mast’ or ‘Plo’‘Do Down’‘Stuffed Pokes’‘Black Pudding’Dessert: ‘Boiled Pudding’Coconut Fingers…and many moreAbout Chilli and SaltHow to go food shopping on St HelenaRead More‘Eating Local’Article: “ Salad - A Saint Helena Tale ”

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Fishing

Hook, line and sinker

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Climate & CurrentsSo what is caught?Yellow-tailHistoryDeclineSport FishingInshore FishingFishing from the rocksThe LawLocal and Scientific namesRead MoreArticle: “ A St Helena Fisherman’s Wish Comes True ”Article: “ A Monster is Landed ”Article: “ Fishing Festival, 2014 ”

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Our Flag

You may want to salute

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Our flagOur Coat of ArmsOur Public SealWhere is the flag flown?Confused about which flag to fly?Other flags and crestsThe motto mysteryRead MoreArticle: “ Letter to The Editor ”

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The Flax Industry

Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

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HistoryThe industry at workRemnants todayRead MoreArticle: “ Working with Flax Remembered ”Article: “ Green roofs? Tristanians show it’s a matter of flax ”

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Fly here?

Coming soon…

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Fly here in your private plane?Medical EvacuationCharter FlightsScheduled Commercial Flights‘Category C’Other Flying ThingsSt Helena Airport GamePoem

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Fly Yourself Here

Open for visitors

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Regulations & Charges‘Category C’Fuel AvailableSt Helena Airport GameRead MoreArticle: “ Travel Broadens the Mind ”

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Forts and Batteries

Defensive military installations

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HistoryGalleryBanks Battery collapse, 2010Read MoreRead MoreArticle: “ Bicentenary of Bunker’s Hill Battery. ”

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Freedom of Information Campaign

It’s about improving the way Government takes decisions

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An Ordinance at last?What is Freedom of Information?Doesn’t the UK’s Freedom of Information Act apply?What has actually been done?Who is behind the campaign?Read MoreArticle: “ Secrecy leaves islands at risk of corruption, warns RSPB ”

Community Pages 

Frequently Asked Questions

... and other useful information

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Index:01: I found another site with a similar URL - why do you have two?02: Where is St Helena?03: How would I get there?04: Did I pronounce it right?05: I’m told my mobile ‘phone might not work there. Can this be true?06: Isn’t St Helena the place where Napoleon was exiled/died?07: Will I see a Wirebird while I’m there?08: This website’s logo is a flower - which one?09: Can you just give a message to…10: How old is Jonathan?11: Can I fly to St Helena?12: Where can I get up-to-date news about St Helena?13: Are there equivalent sites for Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha?14: I’m a journalist writing about St Helena, can I ask you some questions?15: St Helena sounds idyllic! Why doesn’t everyone want to live there?16: I’ve decided I’m moving to St Helena. Can you help?17: Will you exchange stamps/postcards/banknotes/coins/etc. with me?18: Would you like to buy my product/service, which…?19: Can I quote from your site?20: I can’t find what I’m looking for!21: Who uses this site, and for what?22: I have information to contribute to one of your pages. Can I?23: I think there’s an error on one of your pages. What should I do?24: Why don’t you put up a daily featured page, like the Wikipedia?25: Why are you carrying ads for Viagra/pornographic websites?26: Can you send me stamps/postcards of St Helena?27: Can you help me research the history of St Helena?28: Can you help me find a pen-pal on St Helena?29: Can you help me research my family’s history on St Helena?30: Can you help me find work, set up a business or set up trading links with a St Helena business?31: Can you help with permanent residence in St Helena?32: Can you help me find a property to rent in St Helena?33: You don’t seem to cover schools, hospitals, police, etc.34: How many ‘Like’s do you have on your Facebook™ page?35: How many Followers do you have on your Twitter™ feed?36: You’ve stolen my image/other content!37: Can I advertise on your site?38: I love your site! Can I contribute to the running costs?39: Who is behind this site and what are you trying to sell me?

 

The Friendly Societies

Lending a hand

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HistoryWinding upSocieties in more detailAfrican Benefit SocietyAncient Order of ForestersBenevolent SocietyChurch Benefit Society for ChildrenChurch Provident Society for WomenChurch SocietyHussey CharityMechanics And Friendly Benefits SocietyPoor SocietySocial SocietyWorking Men’s Christian AssociationFriendly Societies Union

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Friends of St Helena

Founded in March 1988

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Aims

Community Pages 

Geology of St Helena

Upon this rock…

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FormationResultant geologyErosion: how we got the current island profile16,000 years agoSeamountsEarthquakesPuzzling diagramsRead MoreArticle: “ It’s not Gold, but it has a value ”

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Get Married Here

…a memorable place

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Change is coming…(but when?)PhotosSome history

Island Detail 

Getting Here

How to travel to St Helena

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How to get hereCan I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant?Travel AdviceMore visitor information

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Ghost Stories of St Helena

Don’t look round, but…

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The Runaway SlavesThe Phantoms of West LodgeThe High Knoll executionThe Ghosts of Pilling SchoolThe Ghosts of Plantation HouseFree MollyKingshurst Community CentreThe mysterious conciergeThe Phantom ShipBishop WelbyBertrand’s CottageFragmentsRead MoreArticle: “ Remember the gh’oul times - it’s Hallo-scream! ”

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Go Swimming!

People have been doing it since the Stone Age

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The SeaLemon ValleyRupert’s BeachThe Wharf Steps in JamestownLot’s Wife’s pondsOthers, not recommendedOur Swimming PoolA Swimming Story

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The Governor of St Helena

The one at the top

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Role of The GovernorHistory of Governors of St HelenaEast India Company GovernorsJohn DuttonRobert StringerRichard ConeyAnthony BealeDutch occupation governorsJacob de GeusJohn CoonEast India Company GovernorsRichard MundenRichard KeigwinGregory FieldJohn BlackmoreJoshua JohnstonRichard KelingeStephen PoirierJohn RobertsBenjamin BoucherIsaac Pyke (1st time)Edward JohnsonJohn SmithEdward ByfieldIsaac Pyke (2nd time)John GoodwinRobert JenkinsThomas LambertDavid DunbarCharles HutchinsonJohn SkottoweDaniel CorneilleRobert BrookeRobert PattonAlexander BeatsonMark WilksHudson LoweAlexander WalkerCharles DallasBritish Crown governorsGeorge MiddlemoreHamelin TrelawneyPatrick RossThomas Gore BrowneEdward Hay Drummond HayCharles ElliotCharles George Edward PateyHudson Ralph JanischWilliam Grey-WilsonRobert Armitage SterndaleHenry Lionel GallweyHarry Edward Spiller CordeauxRobert Francis PeelCharles Henry HarperStewart Spencer DavisHenry Guy PillingWilliam Bain GrayGeorge Andrew JoyJames Dundas HarfordRobert Edmund AlfordJohn Osbaldiston FieldDermod MurphyThomas OatesGeoffrey Colin GuyJohn Dudley MassinghamFrancis Eustace BakerRobert Frederick StimsonAlan Norman HooleDavid Leslie SmallmanDavid J. HollambyMichael ClancyAndrew Murray GurrMark Andrew CapesLisa Kathleen PhillipsGovernors: AudioGovernor Janisch MemorialRead MoreArticle: “ The forgotten Governors of the British Empire ”Article: “ Governor Underpaid ”Be careful where you stand…

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The Governor’s Cup

Racing to St Helena

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Race HistoryThe 2014 raceSome of the trophiesHow do the yachts get home…?Will 2014 be the last Governor’s Cup?Read MoreArticle: “ Curry sauce and choice language: island crew’s race adventure ”

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The Governor’s Hat

If you want to get ahead…

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DescriptionWhen was the hat worn?Why is it no longer used?Read MoreArticle: “ Who the Governor represents ”

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‘Gravity Rush’

It’s all downhill from here

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About Gravity RushGravity Rush 2016Gravity Rush 2015Read MoreArticle: “ Gravity Rush - It only rains on special days ”

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The Great Wood Wall

Too little, too late

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History of the wallThe wall todayRead MoreArticle: “ Early History of the Flora & Fauna of St Helena ”

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Guns

Old and older

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IntroductionGun and their SitesLadder Hill GunsCourthouse CannonsSaddle Battery CannonCastle Entrance MortarsSignal House GunLemon Grove, Sandy Bay CannonSandy Bay Lines‘Long Tom’ gunsLadder Hill FortJamestown LineMunitionsMore gunsDismounted gunsThe Great Gun RescueOlder imagesGuns scrappedWhat do you do with an old gun?Read MoreArticle: “ The ‘Gunman’ Aims at Ladder Hill ”Article: “ Cannonball Stolen and Returned ”

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Half Tree Hollow

Home on the hill

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What’s Here?History

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The Heart Shaped Waterfall

For lovers everywhere

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The waterfall itself7 Wonders of St Helena votingBarnes RoadRead MoreArticle: “ Opening of Heart Shaped Waterfall Trail ”Article: “ Governor’s Letter ”

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High Knoll Fort

Important, in the past and today

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HistoryRough PlanEarly 21st CenturyUse TodayOther Photos7 Wonders of St Helena votingRead MoreArticle: “ The ‘Oil Tanker’ is not ready for scuttling ”

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Historians of St Helena

Recording our past

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Linschoten, 1596Francis Duncan, 1805Thomas Henry Brooke, 1824John Charles Melliss, 1875Hudson Ralph Janisch, 1885Emily Louise Jackson, 1905Dr Philip Gosse, 1938Geoffrey Charles Kitching, 1947Hugh Crallan, 1974Percy Teale, 1960 s - 1990 sKen Denholm, 1990 s - 2000 sDavid Leslie Smallman, 2004Trevor W. Hearl, 1970 s - 2007Currently WorkingEdward BaldwinIan BruceColin FoxBarbara B. GeorgeChris and Sheila HillmanIan MathiesonSt Helena books from Miles Apart:Dr Alexander SchulenburgSt Helena National TrustBloggersOthersRead MoreWirebird MagazineArticle: “A Brief Description of St Helena, 1680’

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Historic Buildings

A standing reminder

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Buildings MapThe CastleThe MarketFlax MillsOtherHow buildings changeJackson’s ChemistsThe MalabarRestoration problemsLost and almost-lost BuildingsThe Model Cottage MysteryThe ‘Listing’ systemRead MoreArticle: “ Jamestown is special ”Article: “ Archaeological Discovery behind 1, 2, 3 Main Street ”

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Country

A sample

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Signal HouseBoer CemetaryQuarantine Station, Lemon ValleyBertrand’s CottageThree TanksHay Town HousePrince’s LodgeClifftop HouseFarm LodgeRead MoreArticle: “ Dear Editor ”

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown

A sample

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The PrisonThe ArchThe Post OfficeForesters’ HallMusk’s BakeryYacht Club HQAssociation Hall and 1, 2, 3 Main StreetPoor Society BuildingThe MoonWellington House‘The Standard’Read MoreArticle: “ Conservation - Not Preservation ”

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The Historic Environment Record

A catalogue…

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AboutBuilt Heritage ReportSee The Saint Helena Historic Environment RecordRead MoreArticle: “ Recording an Island’s History ”

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Historic Images Slide Show

Automated historic image show in random sequence

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Don’t just look at the pictures - come and see for yourself! All images are Copyright © John Turner unless indicated otherwise.Read MoreArticle: “ Atlantic outpost faces a steep challenge to save its past ”

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Historic Picture Gallery

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Historic Picture Gallery (Static)

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Holidays and other festivals

Time to celebrate

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CalendarNameNew Year’s DayGood FridayEaster MondayQueen’s BirthdaySaint Helena’s DayWhit MondayAugust Bank HolidayChristmas DayBoxing DayOther significant days that are not official holidaysPancake DayValentine’s DayMothering Sunday (‘Mother’s Day’)Father’s DayHalloweenBonfire NightRemembrance SundayOther events not as widely celebratedRead MoreArticle: “ It’s Mother’s Day Somewhere! ”

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Houses

A home on the range

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Grand Country HousesOrdinary housesWhere do people live?Buy property here?DevelopmentsRead MoreArticle: “ Solving the Housing Crisis? ”Article: “ Writer praises reprieve for historic St Helena house ”Article: “ A Quick Word from Our Lords ”

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How Small Is St Helena?

Stand by to be surprised

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121Km²By comparison

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Human Rights on St Helena

Working for a fairer St Helena

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What are Human Rights?Developing Equality & Human Rights on St HelenaFree To Be MeContacting the Equality & Human Rights OfficeRead MoreArticle: “ Human Rights - What does it Mean to You? ”

Community Pages 

Important Information

Important legal and technical information, including Terms & Conditions for your use of this site

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Website UsePurpose of the websiteConditions of accessExternal LinksPrivacy Policy and Data ProtectionDisclaimersWebsite ownershipJurisdictionCopyrightOur CopyrightMaterial we have usedTechnical InformationStandards ConformanceEncodingUsabilityTestingSite IndexError PageWork In ProgressSite MaintenanceOtherRead MoreArticle: “ Ask a lawyer ”

 

Important People

They made their mark

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George Gabriel Powell (c. 1710-1779)Sir William Webber Doveton (1753-1843)Saul Solomon (1776-1852)Dr. James Barry (1789-1865)John Charles Melliss (1835-1910)William Alexander Thorpe (1842-1918)Dr. W. J. J. Arnold (1867-1925)Canon L C Walcott (1880-1951) & his wife Winifred Ida Walcott (?-1941)Eric ‘Mr. Music’ George MBE (1936-2001)Johnny Drummond (1956-2003)Cathy Hopkins MBE (1946-2017)Read MoreArticle: “ A Rich Ancestry on St Helena ”

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Industries

It’s the economy, stupid

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1690: Vin de St Helena1691: Tobacco1774: Whaling1774: Dolphin Fishing1824: Silk Production1856: Postage Stamps1867: Cinchona19th Century: ‘Leaky Ships’1907: Lace1908: Fish Canning1914: Flax1984: Coins1994: Coffee Production2000: Fish ProcessingOthers21st Century: Tourism

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Information Index

Start here…

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Our history pagesOur activity pagesOur places pagesOur people pagesOur structures pagesOur pictures pagesAll detail pagesThe Community pagesThe Seven Wonders of St HelenaOur National SymbolsAnd if all else fails…

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Introduction

Saint Helena Island Info: All about St Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean

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Invasion!

The only time St Helena has been captured

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Background to the invasionThe invasionThe English are coming…back!Down but not outPlaces and people of noteRead MoreArticle: “ An earlier account of the invasion ”

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Island Activities

Things to see or do

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Information IndexCommunity PagesSubject IndexAstronomyCarnivalCastle GardensChristmas CelebrationsChurches of St HelenaClassic CarsSt Helena CoffeeCountry MusicCruise Ship DaysDiana’s PeakDivingDolphin watchingDonkeysDriving in St HelenaEaster ActivitiesEndemic SpeciesFishcakes, and other foodFishingFly here?Fly Yourself HereGetting HereThe Governor’s Cup‘Gravity Rush’GunsAmateur (‘Ham’) RadioThe Heart Shaped WaterfallThe Historic Environment RecordHigh Knoll FortHistoric BuildingsHistoric Buildings In Brief - JamestownHistoric Buildings In Brief - CountryHolidays and other festivalsJacob’s LadderJamestownJonathan the tortoiseThe Leisure ParkLemon ValleyLongwood HouseThe Millennium ForestThe Mule YardNapoleonic BicentenaryNapoleon’s TombNational FlowerOur national song, ‘My St Helena Island’Our NewspapersPantomimePhotographyPlantation HouseRadio on St HelenaReading SportsRupert’sS.A.M.S. Radio 1S.A.M.S. Radio 2S.A.M.S. Pure GoldSaint FM Community RadioSandy Bay‘Seabirds’The Seven Wonders of St HelenaSpeak SaintSport in St HelenaSt Helena’s DayGo Swimming!Visitor InformationWalking St HelenaShopping: What to buyWhat To DoThe WirebirdYachtingZzyzx

Island Activity 

Island Detail

Read about our island

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Information IndexPicturesCommunity PagesSubject IndexPicture GalleryHistoric Picture GallerySlide ShowHistoric Images Slide ShowToday’s ImagesAbout This SiteAlarm ForestAstronomyBlogsBlue HillBoer Prisoners (1900-1902)Bridge Memorial ClockThe Briars PavilionA Brief HistoryBuilding St Helena AirportCarnivalCastle GardensCharacters of St HelenaChristmas CelebrationsChronologyChurches of St HelenaCinemaClassic CarsSt Helena CoffeeNotes and Coins of St HelenaCommunicationsOur ConstitutionCountry MusicCruise Ship DaysDeliberately Sunken ShipsDiana’s PeakDiplomatic Wireless StationDiscovery of St HelenaDivingDolphin watchingDonkeysDo they mean us?Driving in St HelenaEaster ActivitiesThe East India CompanyEndemic SpeciesExilesFamily And FriendsFamous VisitorsFishcakes, and other foodFishingOur FlagThe Flax IndustryFly here?Fly Yourself HereForts and BatteriesThe Missing Fountain MysteryThe Friendly SocietiesGeology of St HelenaGetting HereGhost Stories of St HelenaThe Governor of St HelenaThe Governor’s CupThe Governor’s Hat‘Gravity Rush’The Great Wood WallGunsHalf Tree HollowAmateur (‘Ham’) RadioThe Heart Shaped WaterfallThe Historic Environment RecordHigh Knoll FortHistorians of St HelenaHistoric BuildingsHistoric Buildings In Brief - JamestownHistoric Buildings In Brief - CountryHolidays and other festivalsHousesHow Small Is St Helena?Important PeopleIndustriesInvasion!Jacob’s LadderJamestownJobs on St HelenaJonathan the tortoiseLace MakingThe Leisure ParkLemon ValleyLevelwoodCould you live here?‘Local’?LongwoodLongwood HouseLost and almost-lost BuildingsLost ShipsMaldivia GardensMaps of St HelenaMemories of St HelenaThe Millennium ForestThe Mule YardMyths Debunked!Our island’s nameNapoleon BonaparteNapoleonic BicentenaryNapoleon’s TombNational FlowerOur national song, ‘My St Helena Island’National SymbolsOur NewspapersNicknamesOn This DayOther Military SitesPantomimePhotographyPlace NamesPlantation HousePostage StampsPostcards of St HelenaQuincentenary of St HelenaRadio on St HelenaRadio St HelenaOur (Other) RailwayReading SportsThe St Helena RegimentRenewable EnergyRMS St HelenaRollersThe RunRupert’sS.A.M.S. Radio 1S.A.M.S. Radio 2S.A.M.S. Pure GoldSaint FM Community RadioSaint FM (2004-2012)Saint HelenaSandy BaySaved Buildings‘Seabirds’The Seven Wonders of St HelenaOur Sister IslandsSlaves and slaverySpeak SaintSport in St HelenaSt Helena’s DaySt Paul’sOrigins of island surnamesGo Swimming!TheatresTimeTitbits from the recordsTwo St Helenas?Visitor InformationWalking St HelenaWeather and climateGet Married HereWhalingShopping: What to buyWhat To DoWhere is St Helena?The WirebirdYachtingZzyzxRead articles about St Helena

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Island History

Read about the history of our island

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Information IndexSubject IndexHistoric Picture GalleryHistoric Images Slide ShowToday’s ImagesBoer Prisoners (1900-1902)The Briars PavilionA Brief HistoryBuilding St Helena AirportCharacters of St HelenaChronologyChurches of St HelenaCinemaDeliberately Sunken ShipsDiplomatic Wireless StationDiscovery of St HelenaThe East India CompanyExilesFamily And FriendsFamous VisitorsThe Flax IndustryForts and BatteriesThe Missing Fountain MysteryThe Friendly SocietiesGeology of St HelenaGhost Stories of St HelenaThe Governor of St HelenaThe Governor’s HatThe Great Wood WallGunsThe Historic Environment RecordHigh Knoll FortHistorians of St HelenaHistoric BuildingsHistoric Buildings In Brief - JamestownHistoric Buildings In Brief - CountryImportant PeopleIndustriesInvasion!Lace MakingLost and almost-lost BuildingsLost ShipsMaldivia GardensMaps of St HelenaMemories of St HelenaMyths Debunked!Napoleon BonaparteNapoleonic BicentenaryNapoleon’s TombOn This DayOther Military SitesPostcards of St HelenaQuincentenary of St HelenaRadio on St HelenaRadio St HelenaOur (Other) RailwayThe St Helena RegimentRollersSaint FM (2004-2012)Saint HelenaSaved BuildingsSlaves and slaveryOrigins of island surnamesTheatresTimeTitbits from the recordsTwo St Helenas?WhalingZzyzxRead MoreArticle: “ Napoleon skewered in new British exhibition ”

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Island People

Read about the people of, and related to, our island

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Information IndexCommunity PagesSubject IndexBoer Prisoners (1900-1902)Characters of St HelenaExilesFamily And FriendsFamous VisitorsThe Friendly SocietiesGhost Stories of St HelenaThe Governor of St HelenaHistorians of St HelenaImportant PeopleIndustries‘Local’?Memories of St HelenaMyths Debunked!Napoleon BonaparteNapoleonic BicentenaryNicknamesSaint HelenaOur Sister IslandsSlaves and slaveryOrigins of island surnamesTitbits from the recordsZzyzxRead MoreArticle: “ Family life ”

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Island Places

Read about places on our island

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Information IndexSubject IndexAlarm ForestBlue HillThe Briars PavilionCastle GardensDiana’s PeakForts and BatteriesThe Missing Fountain MysteryGetting HereHalf Tree HollowThe Heart Shaped WaterfallHigh Knoll FortHow Small Is St Helena?Jacob’s LadderJamestownThe Leisure ParkLemon ValleyLevelwood‘Local’?LongwoodLongwood HouseMaldivia GardensMaps of St HelenaThe Millennium ForestThe Mule YardMyths Debunked!Napoleon’s TombOther Military SitesPlace NamesPlantation HousePostcards of St HelenaThe RunRupert’sSandy BayThe Seven Wonders of St HelenaOur Sister IslandsSt Paul’sTheatresTwo St Helenas?Where is St Helena?Zzyzx

Island Place 

Island Structures

Read about our buildings and other structures

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Information IndexBridge Memorial ClockThe Briars PavilionBuilding St Helena AirportChurches of St HelenaForts and BatteriesThe Missing Fountain MysteryThe Great Wood WallThe Historic Environment RecordHigh Knoll FortHistoric BuildingsHistoric Buildings In Brief - JamestownHistoric Buildings In Brief - CountryHousesJacob’s LadderLongwood HouseLost and almost-lost BuildingsMyths Debunked!Napoleon’s TombOther Military SitesPlantation HouseOur (Other) RailwaySaved BuildingsThe Seven Wonders of St Helena

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Our island’s name

What, exactly, is it?

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How to pronounce ‘St Helena’Name variants in common useOther publicationsRules of grammarWhat do the earliest documents say?An authoritative document?Does it matter?And the answer is…AbbreviationsMaybe we should adopt another name entirely?Read MoreArticle: “ Toponymy ”

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Jacob’s Ladder

Stairway to heaven?

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What is ‘Jacob’s Ladder’?History‘The Ladder’ todayWhy ‘Jacob’s Ladder’?Other places called Jacob’s LadderOther uses of the term7 Wonders of St Helena votingRead MoreArticle: “ Graham beats Jacob’s Ladder record - hands down ”

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Jamestown

Where it all happens

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In brief…Why ‘Jamestown’?A quick guided tourClimateBusy and quiet daysHistoryThe TunnelThen and nowMain StreetLower Market StreetNapoleon StreetJamestown DistrictIs Jamestown really a ‘city’?Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016Read MoreArticle: “ Reaction to the ‘Jamestown Vision 2020’. ”

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Jobs on St Helena

You want to work here?

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Stop reading if you’re independently wealthy!Finding a job on St HelenaStarting your own businessRead MoreArticle: “ Irresistible job on sub-tropical isle ”

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Jonathan the tortoise

The world’s oldest land resident?

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Who is ‘Jonathan’?So how old is Jonathan, really?‘mid-life’ crisisWhat type of tortoise is he?Why ‘Jonathan’?How fast is Jonathan?Vet’s ReportAn interview with Jonathan?Other giant tortoises at Plantation HouseCurrentEmma a.k.a. EmilyDavidFredrikaPastMyrtleSpeedyTortoises are not toys!Important Visitor TipRead MoreGiant tortoise factsShellHead and neckBreathingCirculation and Heat ExchangeHibernationSensesArticle: “ Meet Jonathan, St Helena’s 182-year-old giant tortoise ”Article: “ Jonathan’s birthday…what ancient history never taught us ”

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Lace Making

Over 100 years of history

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HistoryLace making todayRead MoreArticle: “ Jessica March MBE, Lace Maker ”

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The Leisure Park

Eat, drink and be merry

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What’s There?Unit 1: The Coffee ShopUnit 2: Sanray’s BistroUnit 3: Sports AreaUnit 4: Performance StageHistory

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Lemon Valley

Everything but the lemons

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What’s thereHow to get thereHistoryNow sing the song…Read MoreArticle: “ Lemon Valley buildings uncovered by tidy up ”

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Levelwood

Quiet and rural

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About LevelwoodThe BellstoneThe Future

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Link To Us

We’d appreciate it

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Why link to us?Linking informationHow to link to us - the technical informationTo link via BloggerTo link via WordpressTo link via HTMLOther types of link

 

‘Local’?

Isn’t that everything?

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Explain?

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Longwood

More than just Napoleon…

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ActivitiesExilesOther historyWirebirdsLongwood in pictures

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Longwood House

Napoleon’s residence

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Napoleon in residenceAfter NapoleonRecent HistoryTouring Longwood HouseBicentenary events (2015-2021)7 Wonders of St Helena votingRead MoreArticle: “ The man who keeps Napoleon’s memory alive on St Helena ”Article: “ Could this wallpaper prove that Napoleon was MURDERED? ”

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Lost and almost-lost Buildings

‘In need of some work…’

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Porteous HouseAmerican Consulate BuildingTeutonic HallLongwood New HouseThe Longwood WindmillThe Heritage SocietyRead More

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Lost Ships

Our seabed is littered with wrecks

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1991: Oman Sea One1942: SS City of Cairo1941: RFA Darkdale1920: Spangereid1911: SS Papanui1613: Witte Leeuw (White Lion)Various others17th Century18th Century19th CenturyThe ‘Rollers’ of 1846From the St Helena Guardian, 1911Others20th Century21st CenturyRead MoreArticle: “ I always felt different having no father ”

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Maldivia Gardens

Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

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HistoryMaldivia HouseMaldivia TodayPhotographs

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Maps of St Helena

Finding your way around

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Historic mapsFirst-known map of St Helena, 1506.Early Dutch map by Benjamin Wright, c.1598.Early Dutch map, Pieter Van Der AA, c.1700, Leiden.‘A New mapp of the Island of Saint Hellena’, London, John Thornton, 1703H. Moll’s map, from 1732Van Keulen’s ‘map’, from 1735By W. Innes Pocock, probably 1815.French map, undated c.1815‘St Helena’, by lieut. R. P. Read, 1817‘Military Sketch of the Island of St Helena’, by Capt. Edmund Palmer, 1850-52Rousseau Map of Ile Sainte Helene, 1853Melliss’ Map, 1860Fowler’s Map, 1863Imray and Jenkins map, 1884Boer PoW map, 1902USA Navy 1921 mapAdmiralty 1922 mapLate 20th Century mapRecent mapsRecent island map, c.2000Current official tourist mapMap currently for saleInteractive map by Google™Specialist mapsDistricts MapMap on a 1934 Postage StampNapoleon’s restrictionsSt Helena WatercoursesThe Geology of St HelenaFlax processing locationsPostcard map, 1902Seamounts map, 2016Sea floor map, 2016Read MoreNew maps for St Helena?Article: “ Mapping a Changing Island ”

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Memories of St Helena

‘Well, back in the day…’

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1941: Former Governor’s Tale1939: HMS Neptune and the Cable & Wireless staff1956: An Unexpected Storm1962: Jean Johnston’s Diary1967: DWS posting1944: Poem by servicemen stationed here1933: Mrs. Bolwell, serviceman’s wife1911: Passenger on the SS Papanui1961: Sailor aboard HMS Puma

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The Millennium Forest

Haven’t you grown…

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In the beginning…DeclineRe-birth25 YearsActivity ReportsYour contribution?Read MoreArticle: “ St Helena reforestation wins conservation award ”Wikipedia

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The Missing Fountain Mystery

Where did it go?

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The Rockfall Memorial FountainWhy was the Fountain removed?What happened to it?Re-creation?Read MoreArticle: “ Letter to The Editor ”Article: “ Report of the unveiling ”

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The Mule Yard

No longer a place for donkeys

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Where is it?Why the name?What’s on?Want to discuss a booking?Read MoreArticle: “ International Women’s Day Celebrated at the Mule Yard ”

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Myths Debunked!

Everybody knows that…

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Wellington House and the Duke of WellingtonThe Castle Gardens FountainNaming of ‘The Consulate Hotel’The Ladder Hill GunsThe Portuguese ChapelThe St Helena SecretThe ‘Monkcat’Napoleon MythsIn the steps of NapoleonThe Hurricane that accompanied Napoleon’s DeathNapoleon’s CurseNapoleon and JonathanNapoleon’s DeathSt Helena ‘la Nouvelle’St Helena’s Discovery DateMyths we can’t debunkRead MoreArticle: “Who said there were no horses on the Island?”

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Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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What we all know…Fascinating FactsNapoleon on St HelenaNapoleon’s last expeditionThe Napoleon codesNapoleon’s DeathBicentenary eventsNapoleon the authorThe secret plot to rescue Napoleon…by submarine!Read MoreSourcesYou may also be interested by the Kindle™ book The Countess, Napoleon and St Helena: In Exile With The Emperor 1815 to 1821.Article: “ I have enow sleep, I go then finish the night into to cause with you ”

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Napoleonic Bicentenary

A reason to celebrate…

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EventsNapoleon moves to Longwood HouseLetter of thanks200 years on, Napoleon steps ashore once againNapoleon’s Arrival in St Helena Commemorated at his TombBicentennial CommemorationFrench VisitorsSouvenirsRead MoreArticle: “ 200 years of Napoleon - Continuing the legend ”

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Napoleon’s Tomb

But not his final resting place

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The burialRemoval and re-burialRemembranceBicentenary events7 Wonders of St Helena votingRead MoreArticle: “ The Entente Cordiale Alive and Well ”

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National Flower

Unique to St Helena

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The flower and its re-discoveryOur previous national flowerRead MoreArticle: “ The Saint who risked all to rescue a plant ”Article: “ Why we need to celebrate the St Helena ebony ”

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Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’

Unofficially, at least

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How it came to be writtenThe song itselfFor posterityRead MoreArticle: “ Fascinating facts about 10 national anthems ”

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National Symbols

Official and otherwise

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How does something become a National Symbol?The current setOur FlagOur Coat of ArmsOur National BirdOur National FlowerOur National SongRead MoreArticle: “ National Flower, National Bird, National… ”

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St Helena Nature Conservation Group

Supporting the environment of St Helena since 1993

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Who are we?How to get involvedGumwood Guardians - the GGs!Our achievementsPost Box Walks bookContacts

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Our Newspapers

All the week’s news and views

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Brief history of newspapers on St HelenaOur current newspapersThe SentinelContentPublicationHistoryContactsFundingThe IndependentContentPublicationHistoryContactsFundingRegulationRead MoreArticle: “ Ready to erupt: Troubled times for St Helena ”

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Nicknames

Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

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Why nicknames?Are nicknames only for Saints?The Napoleonic connectionWhat name appears in the ‘phone book?So who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?Read MoreA comprehensive listArticle: “ Dear Editor ”

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Notes and Coins of St Helena

Money, Money, Money

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Current Circulating CoinsCommemorative CoinsEast India Company Commemorative Guineas, 2016Current BanknotesHistory1976 Banknote errorCoins in popular cultureOther moneyNote/Coin CollectorsThe golden rule?Should the SHP be scrapped?Read MoreArticle: “ St Helena’s Forgotten Currency Board ”Life before the Currency BoardSt Helena’s high pointSterling holds swayThe Currency Board solutionA good deal all roundInsulated from GovernmentLessons from St HelenaAnswer to “ how much is: two dolphins, a Jonathan and a tuna? ”

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On This Day

Today, in history

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This day in historySt HelenaIn World HistoryThis month in St Helena history

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Origins of island surnames

How islanders got their family names

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Commonest names and their originsBased on an empirical survey {1}, the commonest surnames and their probable origins are as follows (in descending order):The first English settlersIt should be noted that only the names Greentree, Young and Fuller can still be found on St Helena, with only Young being common.Saints Around the worldRead MoreArticle: “ A Rich Ancestry on St Helena ”

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Other Military Sites

…and related places

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Lookout Posts and Signal StationsMessage TransportPicturesAnd more…Military HospitalCenotaphJamestown BarracksOthersRead MoreArticle: “The Prosperous Bay Murder”

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Pantomime

Oh, yes it is…!

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OriginsPhotos from Panto 1975: ‘The Blue Minah Bird of Happiness’More recent IvylettsPeopleThe South Atlantic Players (SAPS)Earlier stage productionsRead MoreArticle: “ Pantomime 2015 ”

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Photography

Leave only footprints; take only photographs

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Opportunities For PhotographersWhat To BringPhoto examplesInformation IndexPicturesSubject IndexPicture GalleryHistoric Picture GallerySlide ShowHistoric Images Slide ShowToday’s ImagesPostcards of St HelenaZzyzxImages from various photographersMJ LtdAndrew / Peter NeaumPrize Winner, 2009Our first photographer?Read MoreArticle: “ How to photograph all of St Helena in one go! ”

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Picture Gallery

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Pictures

A picture paints a thousand words

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Information IndexSubject IndexPicture GalleryHistoric Picture GallerySlide ShowHistoric Images Slide ShowToday’s ImagesPostcards of St HelenaZzyzx

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Place Names

Some we can explain; some we can’t

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The ones we can explain…Alarm ForestBarracks SquareBell StoneBotanical GardensBottom WoodsBroad BottomChina LaneCow PathDeadwoodDrummond Hay SquareThe DungeonField RoadFrancis PlainFrenchman’s TurningGuinea GrassHalf Tree HollowHay TownHead O’WainHutt’s GateKingshurstLemon ValleyLongwoodMaldiviaMan & Horse CliffMulberry GutPiccolo HillPierie’s RevengePutty HillRopery Field‘The Run’Rupert’s ValleySisters WalkThompson’s Wood…and the ones we can’tBarren GroundCleughs PlainConstitution HillDonkey PlainHorse PastureLevelwoodNosegay LaneOld Woman’s ValleyScotlandSeaviewThe Castle of OtrantoContradictory names explained?Coastal FeaturesStrange business namesEven our island’s name is uncertainSt Helena Island in Scotland, UKRead MoreArticle: “ Mountains or Molehills over peaks controversy ”

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Plantation House

The Governor’s Residence

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DescriptionToursGroundsGiant TortoisesHistory‘Plantation Notes’Read MoreArticle: “ The truth about the MP who slept rough in the Governor’s garden ”

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Postage Stamps

Write me a letter …write it today

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Post Office first; stamps secondThe first St Helena stampsKing Edward VIIKing George VKing George VIQueen Elizabeth IIModern CommemorativesSets & First Day CoversStamps with errorsStamp CollectorsSHATPSDon’t break the law!Read MoreOther sourcesArticle: “ St Helena Postal History 1677-1903 ”

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Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

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JamestownLower JamestownSt. James’ & Grand ParadeJamestown streetJamestownJamestown, from the bayCastle GardensMain Street, JamestownMain Street, JamestownCenotaph and WharfJamestown from the top of Jacob’s LadderJamestown, from the anchorageJamestown, looking SouthLower Jamestown from Munden’sUpper Jamestown, from Barnes Road(?)Entrance to The CastleJamestown, 1905Jamestown, 1905Jamestown, from The BriarsUpper JamestownJamestown street sceneJamestown street sceneThe most extraordinary placeJamestown at night, with RMSNapoleonNapoleon’s FuneralLongwood Avenue, showing Napoleon’s HouseNapoleon and childNapoleon’s House and viewsNapoleon’s House, LongwoodNapoleon’s TombLongwood HouseNapoleon et son epoqueUntitledLongwood HouseJacob’s LadderJamestown from the top of Jacob’s LadderJacob’s LadderJacob’s LadderSandy BaySandy Bay ValleySandy Bay & the LotsFlax Mill, Sandy BaySandy BayBoer PrisonersArrival of the Boer prisonersWashday at the campBoers Departure1902 MapHeart-Shaped WaterfallHeart-Shaped WaterfallHeart Shaped Waterfall from aboveGeneralScenes of St HelenaMundens, from Rupert’sPlantation HouseCable Station“The Ridges”Central island viewVarious scenesSaint Helena Island & Shore IslandSaint Helena IslandJonathan and Plantation HouseEndemicsGiant Cabbages, The PeaksPostcard CollectorsRead MoreArticle: “ Just by Chance ”

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Quincentenary of St Helena

‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

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Discovery of St HelenaCelebrations in St HelenaIn the UKSexcentenaryRead MoreArticle: “ Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002 ”

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Radio on St Helena

A surprisingly large number of stations

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Broadcast StationsAmateursA brief history of radio on St Helena

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Radio St Helena

The voice of the island for 45 years

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The DWS testsThe ‘St Helena Government Broadcasting Station’ - aka ‘Radio St Helena’Station staff and othersEquipment & TransmissionOutside BroadcastsRadio St Helena DayQSL: nine years late!‘Teabag’Audio ClipsFluffs, and other problems…ClosedownMemories of local radio on St HelenaFundingRead MoreArticle: “ Early Birds - Radio St Helena (1999) ”Article: “ Reply to a Reception Report (1985) ”Article: “ St Helena Or Bust! (1994) ”

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Our (Other) Railway

Useful; not quite as famous

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Read MoreArticle: “ A short history of the Desalination Plant… ”

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Read articles about St Helena

Articles related to the Island of St Helena

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St Helena books from Miles Apart:St Helena inches closer to commercial air serviceSaint of HeartA St Helena Fisherman’s Wish Comes TrueSailing to Saint Helena - one of the world’s most remote communitiesHope for St HelenaThe Bones of St HelenaThe most extraordinary place on Earth?Irish doctor on a distant islandAntwerp aviation company organises first commercial flight to Saint HelenaRMS St Helena makes final call to the UKSt Helena books from Miles Apart:

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Read articles about St Helena (Older)

Older articles related to the Island of St Helena

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St Helena books from Miles Apart:The £250m island airport where jets can’t land because it is too windy (and guess what, your aid money is paying for it)The vet, the tortoise and the airportSt Helena on “ From Our Own Correspondent ”Where the Saints go diving after workA Seafaring HistoryConserving for the FutureWarm Clear WaterMuch More Than Just fishNEED TO KNOWWorld’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St Helena IslandUnder starters orders…Saint Helena’s historic isolation continues as airport opening delayedLast Boat to St HelenaRoyal Mail Ship St Helena to RetireHealthy Diet Helps 183-Year-Old Tortoise Feel Young AgainWhy St Helena, One of the World’s Most Remote Islands, May Be Overrun in 2016Lonely Planet declares St Helena one of the top regions in the world for 2016Remote St Helena island welcomes first flightThe allure and attractions of St Helenamygreenpod.com on St HelenaNapoleon and St HelenaFaslane divers called in to clear wreck in South AtlanticAn End to IsolationScottish sheriff becomes appeals judge in world’s most remote court - without leaving DundeeMeet the Banking Regulator With an 8,000-Mile CommuteAfter a Waterloo artefact? Strand of Napoleon’s hair in Dorset auctionAl Pacino dreams of playing NapoleonReady Set Sail in St HelenaShopping a daily puzzle on remote St HelenaAwaiting St Helena’s new airportRemote Saint Helena to get first tourist flights… before it gets its own airportVoyage to one of the world’s most remote islands: Travel company offers last chance to take iconic Royal Mail Ship to St Helena… before it gets its own airportShip out to isolated St Helena before the planes landThe Much Delayed Airport - An End at Last to St Helena’s Isolation: Getting Really, Truly, Terminally Away from it All on the Looney Front12 Places That Are Damn Near Impossible To Get ToNapoleon skewered in new British exhibitionThrill-seeking Liverpool pilot to film remote south Atlantic island by droneSt Helena books from Miles Apart:

 

Reading Sports

Home from home

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What happens?PhotographsRead MoreArticle: “ UK Saints raise a cap to man who started the Sports ”Article: “ Postings from Facebook™ ”

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The St Helena Regiment

‘The Old Saints’

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BackgroundRegiment HistoryAccommodationUniformNot always best behaved…Matthew Carter, soldier, 1842-1847Serving SoldiersRead MoreSourcesArticle: “ Historian searches for missing links in Island’s history ”

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Related Sites

Links to useful related sites

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About UsOther sites about St HelenaCommunityLocal BusinessGovernmentAccommodationOur other sites

 

Renewable Energy

Being a ‘green’ island

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Our renewable energy sourcesEnergy saving measuresRead MoreArticle: “ Tokelau islands shift to solar energy ”

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RMS St Helena

The last ocean-going Royal Mail Ship

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Why ‘RMS’About our RMSDisabled PassengersAudio ClipsArrival: 30th November 1990Our lifeline‘Blowing Off’25th AnniversaryRMS in London, 2016What next for the RMS?For SaleSchedule Extended!Earlier shipsThe first RMS St HelenaThe ‘SS Saint Helena’Not without incident…propeller failure, 2017Read MoreArticle: “ Royal Mail Ship St Helena to Retire ”Article: “ Royal Mail Ship St Helena - saying farewell to the beating heart of a community ”

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Rollers

Rough Seas

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The worst sea in recorded historyOther Rollers

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The Run

Think of it as a long, thin park

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RouteUse todayFlushingPlans for the futureHistoryRead MoreArticle: “ Water, Water Everywhere, but where does it all go? ”

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Rupert’s

So near, and yet so far

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Why ‘Rupert’s’What’s in Rupert’sThe New WharfAlways a place for leisure…Rupert’s and the slaves“ I’ve got a lovely bunch… ”And our (other) railwayRead MoreArticle: “ Rupert’s Valley Proposed Landscape Designs ”Article: “ Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island ”

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S.A.M.S. Pure Gold

Continuous music

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About S.A.M.S. Pure GoldHistoryTransmissionContactsRegulation

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S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

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About S.A.M.S. Radio 1HistoryProgrammesTransmissionContactsListen LiveFundingRegulation

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S.A.M.S. Radio 2

The BBC World Service on FM

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About S.A.M.S. Radio 2HistoryTransmissionContactsFundingRegulation

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Saint Helena

She gave our island her name

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Who was Saint Helena?And why is our island named after her?Read MoreArticle: “ Saint Helena and the True Cross ”

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Saint FM (2004-2012)

The original heartbeat of St Helena

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HistoryTransmissionProgrammingPhoto GalleryFundingClosureAudio ClipsRead MoreArticle: “ After eight combative years, Saint FM drifts into the sunset ”WikipediaAfter Saint FM…

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Saint FM Community Radio

News, features and entertainment

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About Saint FM Community RadioFormation and StructureProgrammingTransmissionFundingRegulationRead MoreArticle: “ It’s Official - Saint FM is Coming Back ”

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Sandy Bay

Let’s go to the beach!

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About Sandy BaySandy Bay BeachSandy Bay in picturesThe Lime KilnTopless/Nude SunbathingRead MoreArticle: “ Treasure Island ”

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‘Save Our Ship’

A campaign…

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BackgroundOfficial plansThe proposalIs this actually a practicable proposition?What can you do?Propsal from the Head of TourismRead MoreArticle: “ Ready Made Hotel for Jamestown - Well Almost ”

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Saved Buildings

Almost lost; now restored

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Rock RoseA new beginning?Wranghams, Sandy BayThe Hutt’s Gate StoreRead MoreArticle: “ The Old Ways are the Best ”

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‘Seabirds’

Fairy Terns… and others

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‘Fairy Terns’Other sea-birdsMasked BoobyStorm PetrelTrophy BirdBrown/Black NoddyIdentification chartSeeing our sea-birdsRead MoreArticle: “ St Helena’s Booby Boomers ”

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The Seven Wonders of St Helena

Or maybe there are eight…

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Jacobs LadderThe Heart Shaped WaterfallDiana’s PeakHigh Knoll FortNapoleon’s TombLongwood HouseSt. James’ ChurchAnd maybe an eighth wonder: Jonathan the tortoiseRead MoreArticle: “ Seven Wonders of St Helena Announced ”

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Shopping: What to buy

A bit of St Helena to take home

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Locally-made jewelleryLocal woodcraftHand-made laceOther items worthy of noteSt Helena books from Miles Apart:Foreign CurrencyShopping - a different experienceRead MoreArticle: “ No luck in London? Try Jamestown… ”Article: “ ‘Shopping’ - the memories of Anthony Hopkins from the 1960s. ”

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Our Sister Islands

Part of our Territory

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One of threeAscension IslandTristan da CunhaOne that got away…

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Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

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Slavery on St Helena, until August 1834A few statistics:Slave owners identifiedSt Helena and the liberation of African slavesThe slave gravesThe effects of slavery on St Helena todayRead MoreArticle: “ Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island ”Article: “ The Bones of St Helena ”

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Slide Show

Automated picture show in random sequence

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Don’t just look at the pictures - come and see for yourself! All images are Copyright © John Turner unless indicated otherwise.

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Speak Saint

Understand what Saints are saying

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Understanding spoken SaintPhrasesTuning inTry for yourselfRegional dialectsSo how will you communicate?Beware what you say…‘Speaking Saint’ - the booksAnd finally, a cautionary tale…Read MoreArticle: “ The English of ‘Saints’ ”

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Sport in St Helena

Playing the game

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FootballCricketGolfMoto-CrossMountain BikingPaintballOther SportsInternational EventsOther sports?Sport ‘in the before days’Read MoreArticle: “ The exciting future of football on the island of Saint Helena ”

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St Paul’s

The Heartland of St Helena

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About St Paul’sSt Paul’s in picturesFrancis PlainFrancis Plain HouseThe FriarThe Future

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St Helena’s Day

Celebrating our island’s discovery

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DiscoveryThe CelebrationsCelebrations OverseasThe Photographs1866

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Subject Index

These are the pages you are searching for

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Theatres

All the world’s a stage

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The Jamestown Upper TheatreThe Barracks TheatreOther TheatresModern TheatreRead MoreArticle: “ St Helena Theatrical Review ”

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Time

Everything on St Helena starts 20 minutes late

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Official TimeEffective TimeTelling the timeDaylight Saving TimeThe Time BallOther time signalsA ‘noonday gun’?Read MoreArticle: “ Still Ticking After All These Years ”

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Titbits from the records

To amuse and inform

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The long arm of the law9th July 16886th November 17164th January 172613th March 171929th September 174513th December 177911th July 178113th July 178515th July 178915th January 1800Healthcare30th May 171014th March 171516th March 1736Equality & Human Rights20th March 168012th March 1690February 170317th January 170431st August 17243rd August 1736May 180722nd May 1815The Environment9th July 1745Life on St Helena22nd December 16791st August 168321st May 171720th May 180523rd October 18091st October 1828Read MoreArticle: “ Archive To Archive ”

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Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

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Today’s Contemporary ImageToday’s Historic Image

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Two St Helenas?

Our mythical sister island

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Ortelius’ ‘World Map’ from 1570Maps of the 17th and 18th CenturiesSo where is this second St Helena?‘St. Matthew’s Island’Even our (real) island’s name is uncertainWikipedia doesn’t want to know this…

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Updated This Release

For the record

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Updated pages list

 

Visitor Information

Come and discover our island

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How to get hereCan I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant?Time ZoneWeatherTake a tour!Where to stayTips and tricks when hereShoppingTransportEntertainmentThe LawIn EmergencyOtherA souvenir of your visitEnvironmentMoneyOfficial Tourist BrochuresVisiting in the 1870sA longer stay?Read MoreArticle: “ Ship out to isolated St Helena before the planes land ”

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Walking St Helena

Well off the beaten track

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Walks for all tastesSome suggestionsPost Box WalksWalking TipsFestival of WalkingA personal hiking diaryRead MoreArticle: “ A Journey to Lot’s Wife’s Ponds ”Article: “ Opening of Heart Shaped Waterfall Trail ”

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Weather and climate

Be prepared!

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SunWindRainSeasonsExpected weatherCurrent weatherIn more technical terms…Unexpected weatherThings we don’t getThunder & Lightning’Rollers’The aliens are coming!It never rains…Read MoreArticle: “ Four seasons in one day - Winter in St Helena and El Niño ”Article: “ Stunning Cloud Swirls Spotted by Satellite ”Image 1Image 2Image 3

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Whaling

‘Thar she blows!’

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A whaler’s paradiseGrowthDeclineEcological ImpactRead MoreArticle: “Extracts from the log of Dr Franklin, an American whaler”

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What To Do

The essentials!

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Take a tour“Do Napoleon”Visit Jonathan and Plantation HouseSee a WirebirdMeet some SaintsClimb Jacob’s LadderGo by boat to Lemon ValleyHave a walkWalk up Diana’s PeakAdmire the starsTry our coffeeTaste Plo and local fishcakesVisit our MuseumDive our clear blue watersInvestigate our built heritageSet off for a driveRelax in Castle GardensMeet a donkeyTake lots of photographsDo some shoppingOther suggestions

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Where is St Helena?

How to find St Helena on a map

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Where in the world is St HelenaHow to get hereFirst MapBritish Overseas TerritoryShipping Lanes

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The Wirebird

Bird on a wire?

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About our WirebirdWirebird census resultsAirport DangerRead MoreArticle: “ St Helena - saving the wirebird from untimely ingestion ”

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Yachting

A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

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Why Visit?TipsSome StatisticsIn Emergency‘Ann’s Place’World Arc RallyThe St Helena HighThe Governor’s Cup Yacht RaceRead MoreArticle: the trip up from Cape TownArticle: “ Ready Set Sail in St Helena ”

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Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

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Mystery HelicopterSkandi Admiral: Supplying passing shipsWoodcuts of St Helena?Estimated international arrivalsPopulation GraphicMarine Reservoir Corrections: St HelenaPortraits of Lt. Gen. John Skelton and his wife Mary Moore Cassamajor SkeltonOld photographsAngola invades St Helena

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