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Everybody’s got to be somewhere!
Eccles (from The Goon Show), in response to the question What are you doing down here?


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About This Site

Helping you use Saint Helena Island Info

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

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In the top 15% globally

How do we know this? • Why is this? • What does this mean? • Even Jamestown? • Read More

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Alarm Forest

The place to live

About Alarm Forest • Stay here? • The Briars • The future • Read More

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Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio


History • The radio scene today • World War 2 • Read More

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Recording images of St Helena

William John Burchell, 1805-1810 • G H Bellasis, 1814-1815 • Denzil Ibbetson, 1815-1823 • JE Fowler, 1863 • Erich Mayer, 1900-1902 • F. Oswell Jones, 1949-1959 • Roland Svensson, 1968 • Iris Linsi, 1994 • Others discussed elsewhere • Even more

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Dark skies, warm nights

Light Pollution • Other advantages • Walking in the footsteps • Read More

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Before Discovery

Why did it take until 1502?

Why wasn’t St Helena discovered earlier? • ‘Stone Age’ Inhabitant(s)? • Read More

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Betsy Balcombe

Napoleon’s Friend

Bringing the two together • At The Briars • In Longwood • The Balcombes Depart • Read More

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Masters of the air

On other pages • Our eclectic collection • Visitors • Domesticated Fowl • Failed Introductions • Extinct Endemics • Read More

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Writing about St Helena

“Visitor” Blogs • History Blogs • Other Blogs • Read More

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The ‘Blue Book’

The Annual Colonial Report

The what? • Useful because • And today?

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Blue Hill

Not many have been there

What happens in Blue Hill? • Stay here? • History • Wirebirds • The Future • Blue Hill in pictures

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Blue Magic (band)

Rock, Blues, Reggae

About Blue Magic • Read More

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Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)

Home-from-home? Not really…

In advance • Arrival • Camp Life • Boer Cemetery • Escapees • Departure (for most) • Impact on St Helena • Read More

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The Briars Pavilion

Napoleon’s Other House

Napoleon, and before • Later History • Today • Read More

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Bridge Memorial Clock

Tick Tock

About the ‘Bridge Clock’ • ‘Standing Tall’ • Read More

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A Brief History

How we got to here

Pre-Discovery • Discovery • Early years • The English take over • The Dutch Invasion • The East India Company again • Napoleon Bonaparte and after • Crown Colony • 20th Century • 21st Century • ‘What the Saints did next ’ • Read More

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Bring back Aishah and Faris

They have a right to see their mother

What happened • What can I do?

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Building St Helena Airport

Built and operating

A long time coming • Building the Airport • An Air Service at last! • St Helena Airport Game • ‘How will St Helena change?’ • Read More

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Fun in the sun

What happens for Carnival • Images of Carnival • Read More

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Carnival Images (Static)

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The Images • Read More

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The Castle

The most important of the Public Buildings

History • The Castle Today • Castle Images • Myths and Legends • Read More

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Castle Gardens

Sit and watch the world go by

Where is it and what’s there? • History • The Fountain • The Waterwitch monument • ‘Ann’s Place’ • ‘No Loitering’ • Read More

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The Castle of Otranto

A puzzling name

What and where? • Why the name? • The name stuck

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Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? You decide…

People • Some Honourable Mentions • We’d like to know more about • Read More

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A great time to be here

How we celebrate Christmas • Images of Christmas • Christmas Past • A snowman in St Helena? • Read More

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Christmas Images (Static)

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The Images

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Search our events database

Select by year range • Select by month and/or day • Select using key words • Statistics • ‘What the Saints did next ’ • Read More

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Churches of St Helena

And other religious buildings

St. James’, Jamestown • St. Paul’s Cathedral, St Pauls • St. Matthew’s, Hutts Gate • Other older churches • More modern churches • Churchyards • The Portuguese Chapel, Jamestown • Related buildings • Gravestones and memorial windows • Read More

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Let’s go to a movie

Early movie theatres • The ‘Talkies’ • Later Developments • Decline and closure

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Classic Cars

Travel back in time

Why are there so many classic cars on St Helena? • Photographs of some cars • One you can definitely ride in • St Helena’s first car • How we scrap cars • Dreams • And also the ultimate classic ‘car’ • Some older cars • Project? • Read More

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St Helena Coffee

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

The history of our coffee • St Helena coffee today • Read More

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Getting the message

Post • Freight • Telephones • Internet and Email • Radio • Television • Communications Companies • Issues • Read More

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The Community Development Organisation

Supporting the island’s community groups

About The Community Development Organisation • Contacts:

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Community Pages

It’s what’s happening…

The Pages • Sectors

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Comparative History

Here and there

Our Comparative History

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Our Constitution

Our supreme legislative document

What it is • Read More

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Contact Us

Ways to get in touch

Contact Options • Meet us in person

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Could you live here?

What you need to consider

Do you want • Can you cope with • How to live here • What to bring (and what to leave behind) • Thoughts on bringing a vehicle • Will I ever be a Saint? • Read More

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Country Music

Keepin’ it country…

Country music and St Helena • Why? • Local Country • Take part! • Read More

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Creative Saint Helena

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

About Us • IN+VENTIVE • Books • Contact

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Thank you all

Credits to contributors

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Cruise Ship Days

An unusual hive of activity

Tours • Cruise Ship Markets • Visitors’ Comments • Failure to land - what to do • Early cruise ship visitors • Read More

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Dark Tourism

Visiting the darker parts of our history.

What is ‘Dark Tourism’? • The darker aspects of St Helena’s history. • Tips for Exploring • Dark History Tours • Read More

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Dead Links

Gone Away?

Dead Links

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Deliberately Sunken Ships

Sent to the bottom

The MV Frontier, 1994 • The MV Bedgellett, 2001 • The MV Atlantic Rose, 2006 • The MV Portzic, 2008 • And also • Read More

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Diana’s Peak

Our highest point

Not just one, but three • The Diana’s Peak National Park • Walking Diana’s Peak • But who was Diana? • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

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Diplomatic Wireless Station

Or was it spying?

What we know • What we think we know • Pro Bono • The DWS in action • Remnants • Keeping in touch • Read More

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Discovery of St Helena

It’s not that simple

The official version • The feast day of Saint Helena • So 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 • A Secret? • Events • Read More

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For old wrecks - and anyone else

Wrecks to explore • Facts/Laws/Etc. • A selection of dive sites • The St Helena Dive Club • Dive Companies • Read More

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Diving Images (static)

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The Images

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Dolphin watching

And other marine activities

Watching dolphins • Whales, whale sharks, etc • And while you’re out there • Read More

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The former backbone of island transport

History • The Present Day • Donkey Facts • Meet a donkey! • A New Beginning? • ‘You have donkeys; why not horses?’ • Read More

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Do they mean us?

Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

We can’t find the penguins • Pitcairn Island has been moved! • Tristan da Cunha has been moved! • National Library of Australia • The Daily Mail • Mis-coverage of our new Air Service • The Daily Mail • Shark Attack! • The ‘Rusty Lifeline’ • Interesting picture • Airport ‘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 • It was ever thus • Read More

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An index to referenced documents

Search downloads • Icon Index • Docs 1 • Docs 2 • Docs 7 • Docs A • Docs B • Docs C • Docs D • Docs E • Docs F • Docs G • Docs H • Docs I • Docs J • Docs L • Docs M • Docs N • Docs O • Docs P • Docs Q • Docs R • Docs S • Docs T • Docs U • Docs V • Docs W • Docs Z • Index of Videos

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Driving in St Helena

Keep left…almost always

Your vehicle • Rules and conventions of the road • Speed Bumps • If you break down • Want to be mistaken for a local? • A few ‘fascinating facts’ • Just to be serious for a moment • How it all began • How we scrap cars • Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016 • And finally • Read More

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Duke of Edinburgh Playground

For Kids; For Everyone

Origins • The Duke of Edinburgh Playground • Decline • The Trees • The Duke of Edinburgh Car Park • A Playground Again? • Read More

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The Early Years

Before colonisation

A Portuguese Island, 1502-1633 • A Dutch Island, 1633-1659 • An English Island, 1659-

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Easter Activities

Fishing and camping

Maundy Thursday Fishing • Camping • Read More

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The East India Company

John, to its friends

Company History • St Helena • The Dutch East India Company (VoC) • Read More

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The Three ‘R’s

An Overview • Some key people • Premises, Premises • What schools were there, and when? • Recognise anybody? • Read More

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Endemic Species

They only live here

The facts • Invertebrates (aka ‘bugs’) • Trees, Ferns, mosses, etc. • ‘Gobblegheer’ • Fish • Others, now probably extinct • Sinners • Why are so many endemics called ‘Bastard ’? • Read More

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The ones that got away

The first (recorded) escapee • The Jackson mutineers of 1693 • The Century of Escapes • Many plots; Zero escapes • Andries Smorenburg’s crate • Captain Willem Merk and his yacht Frontier • HM Prison, Jamestown • Sanctioned departures • Read More

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Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

Fernão Lopez (c.1516-1545) • Napoleon Bonaparte (1815-1821) • Dinuzulu 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) • Almost, but not quite • What’s wrong? • Read More

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Exploring Space

To the stars and beyond

Studying Space from St Helena • Space Treaties • Other Contacts • Our 16th Century Astronaut • Read More

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Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

Please don’t • Who to contact - living people • Who to contact - deceased people • How to find a pen-pal • Did your person do something notable on St Helena? • Read More

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Famous Visitors

Let’s drop a few names

1502: João da Nova • 1515: Dürer’s Rhinoceros • 1588: Sir Thomas Cavendish • 1603: Sir James Lancaster • 1658: Johan Nieuhof • 1677: Edmond Halley • 1691: Captain Dampier • 1761: Nevil Maskelyne • 1771: Captain James Cook • 1776: Horatio Nelson • 1784: Fletcher Christian • 1792: Captain Bligh • 1805: The Duke of Wellington • 1816: ‘Raffles’ • 1817: William Thackeray • 1836: Charles Darwin • 1838: Prince William Henry Frederick of Holland • 1840: Prince de Joinville • 1852: SS Great Britain • 1860: HRH Prince Alfred • 1880: Empress Eugenie • 1880 Prince Albert William Heinrich of Prussia • 1898: Joshua Slocum • 1900: Lord Roberts • 1910: Duke of Connaught • 1925: HRH Edward, Prince of Wales • 1929: E M Forster • 1930: Evelyn Waugh • 1936: Lord and Lady Baden-Powell • 1938: Princess Marie Louise • 1947: HRH King George VI • 1957: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh • 1984: HRH Prince Andrew • 2002: HRH Anne, The Princess Royal • Read More

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The First Battle For St Helena?

Well, maybe…

Well known history • The story • So is the story genuine?

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Fishcakes, and other food

A taste of St Helena

Recipes • How to go food shopping on St Helena • Read More

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Hook, line and sinker

Climate & Currents • So what is caught? • History • Decline • Sport Fishing • Fishing from the rocks • Inshore Fishing • The Law • Local and Scientific names • Read More

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Fish Processing

Exploiting our only natural resource

Early Days • Mr Mosely’s curing business • Between the wars • Inward Investors • Fisheries Corporation (SHFC) • Emperor Brand Tuna • Crab Fishing - The Oman Sea One • Tesco • Argos Atlantic • Fish Processing Today • The Future • Read More

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Our Flag

You may want to salute

Our flag • Our Coat of Arms • Our Public Seal • Where is the flag flown? • Other flags and crests • The official crest • The motto mystery • Read More

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The Flax Industry

Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

History • The industry at work • Remnants today • Read More

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Fly here

The fastest way to get here

Scheduled Commercial Air Service • Check-in times • Other Airport Uses • ‘Category C’ • Other Flying Things • St Helena Airport Game • Poem • Read More

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Fly Yourself Here

Open for visitors

Regulations & Charges • Fuel Available • Other Useful Information • Other Flying Things • St Helena Airport Game • Read More

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Forts and Batteries

Defensive military installations

History • Gallery • Cockburn’s Battery • Banks Battery collapse, 2010 • Read More • Read More

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Freedom of Information Campaign

Improving the way Government works

What is Freedom of Information? • Doesn’t the UK’s Freedom of Information Act apply? • Who is behind the campaign? • What has actually been done? • Read More

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Frequently Asked Questions

And other useful information

Frequently Asked Questions • Peculiar Questions Asked

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The Friendly Societies

Lending a hand

History • Societies in more detail • Friendly Societies Union • Read More

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Friends of St Helena

Founded in March 1988


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Geology of St Helena

Upon this rock…

The Myth • Formation • Resultant geology • Erosion: how we got the current island profile • Seamounts • Earthquakes • Geology-related • Read More

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Get Married Here

A unique venue

Anyone can get married here! • Photos • Some history • Read More

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Getting Here

How to travel to St Helena

How to get here • Can I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant? • Travel Advice • More visitor information • Read More

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Ghost Stories of St Helena

Don’t look round, but…

The Runaway Slaves • The Phantoms of West Lodge • The High Knoll execution • The Ghosts of Pilling School • Free Molly • Kingshurst Community Centre • The Ghosts of Plantation House • The mysterious concierge • The mutineers of Alarm House • Lowry’s Cell • Bishop Welby • The Phantom Ship • Bertrand’s Cottage • Ghosts at the CCC? • Fragments • Superstitions • Read More

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Terms used

Businesses and Organisations • Medical Terms • Places • UK Government • Other Terms

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Go Swimming!


The Sea • Our Swimming Pool • A Swimming Story • Read More

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For the people, by the people?

Government Today • History • Independence? • Youth Parliament • Do and Don’t Do • ‘Hansard’ • British Overseas Territory • Read More

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The Governor of St Helena

The Crown’s official representative

Role of The Governor • History of Governors of St Helena • Governors: Audio • Governor Janisch Memorial • That could have gone better • Read More

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The Governor’s Cup

The yacht-race from Cape Town to St Helena

Concept • Race History • Some of the trophies • How do the yachts get home ? • Read More

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The Governor’s Hat

If you want to get ahead…

Description • When was the hat worn? • Why is it no longer used? • Read More

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‘Gravity Rush’

It’s all downhill from here

About Gravity Rush • Gravity Rush 2015 • Gravity Rush in pictures • Read More

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The Great Wood Wall

Too little, too late

History of the wall • The wall today • Read More

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Old and older

Introduction • Guns and their Sites • Munitions • More guns • Dismounted guns • The Great Gun Rescue • Older images • Guns scrapped • Before Guns • What do you do with an old gun? • Read More

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Half Tree Hollow

Home on the hill

What’s Here? • Stay here? • History • Read More

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The Heart Shaped Waterfall

For lovers everywhere

The waterfall itself • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Name • Barnes Road • Read More

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Help With

Happy to help…

Can you just give a message to • I’ve decided I’m moving to St Helena. Can you help? • Would you like to buy my product/service? It’s great and • Will you exchange stamps/postcards/banknotes/coins/etc. with me? • Can you help me research the history of St Helena? • Can you help me find a pen-pal on St Helena? • Can you help me find work, set up a business or set up trading links with a St Helena business? • Can you help with permanent residence in St Helena? • Can you help me research my family’s history on St Helena? • Can you help me find a property to rent in St Helena?

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High Knoll Fort

Important, in the past and today

History • Rough Plan • Early 21st Century • Use Today • Other Photos • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

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Historians of St Helena

Recording our past

Jan Huygen van Linschoten, 1596 • Francis Duncan, 1805 • Thomas Henry Brooke, 1824 • John Charles Melliss, 1875 • Hudson Ralph Janisch, 1885 • Emily Louise Jackson, 1905 • Dr Philip Gosse, 1938 • Geoffrey Charles Kitching, 1947 • Hugh Crallan, 1974 • Percy Teale, 1960 s - 1990 s • Ken Denholm, 1990 s - 2000 s • David Leslie Smallman, 2004 • Trevor W. Hearl, 1970 s - 2007 • Currently Working • Others • Saints • Read More

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Historic Buildings

A standing reminder

Buildings Map • The Market • Flax Mills • Other • How buildings change • Restoration problems • Lost and almost-lost Buildings • The Model Cottage Mystery • The ‘Listing’ system • Read More

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Country

A sample

Signal House • Boer Cemetery • Quarantine Station, Lemon Valley • Bertrand’s Cottage • Three Tanks • Hay Town House • Prince’s Lodge • Clifftop House • Farm Lodge • Alarm House • Rose Cottage • Read More

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Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown

A sample

The Prison • The Arch • The Post Office • Foresters’ Hall • Musk’s Bakery • Yacht Club HQ • Association Hall • 1, 2 & 3 Main Street • Poor Society Building • The Moon • Wellington House • ‘The Standard’ • Which Graveyard? • Read More

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The Historic Environment Record

A catalogue…

About • Built Heritage Report • See The Saint Helena Historic Environment Record • Read More

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Historic Images (Static)

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The Images

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Historic Images Slide Show

Automated historic image show

Skelton Portraits • Read More

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Historic Picture Gallery

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The Pictures • Woodcuts of St Helena? • Read More

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Holidays and other festivals

Time to celebrate

Calendar • Other significant days that are not official holidays • Read More

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A home on the range

Grand Country Houses • Ordinary houses • Where do people live? • Buy property here? • Developments • Read More

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How Small Is St Helena?

Stand by to be surprised

122Km² • By comparison • Read More

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Human Rights on St Helena

Working for a fairer St Helena

What are Human Rights? • Developing Human Rights on St Helena • Free To Be Me • Contacting the Equality & Human Rights Office • Read More

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Images (Static)

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Image Search

Find images on our site


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Important Information

Legal and technical

Website Use • Copyright • Warnings • Technical Information • Read More

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Important People

They made their mark

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) • Winifred Ida Walcott (?-1941) • Eric ‘Mr. Music’ George MBE (1936-2001) • Johnny Drummond (1956-2003) • Cathy Hopkins MBE (1946-2017) • Some Honourable Mentions • Read More

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It’s the economy, stupid

1684: Salt • 1690: Vin de St Helena • 1691: Tobacco • 1774: Whaling • 1774: Dolphin Fishing • 1824: Silk Production • 1856: Postage Stamps • 1867: Cinchona • 19th Century: ‘Leaky Ships’ • 1907: Lace • 1908: Fish Processing & Canning • 1914: Flax • 1935: Lily Bulbs • 1984: Coins • 1994: Coffee Production • Others • Why did they fail? • The Future? • Read More

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Information Index

Start here…

Our activity pages • Our history pages • Our people pages • Our place pages • Our nature pages • Our structures pages • Our pictures pages • All our information pages • The Community pages • The Seven Wonders of St Helena • Our National Symbols • And if all else fails

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In This Week

This Week, in history

This week in St Helena’s history • This Year in past Centuries • This month in St Helena’s history • Statistics

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All about St Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean

On this site

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The only time St Helena has been captured

Background to the invasion • The invasion • The English are coming back! • Down but not out • Places and people of note • A Constitutional issue • Read More

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Island Activities

Things to see or do

Tips for Exploring • The Pages • Read More

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Island History

The history of our island

The Pages • Read More

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Island Information

Our island

The Pages

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Island Nature

Our island’s natural environment

The Pages

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Island People

The people of, and related to, our island

The Pages • Read More

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Island Places

Places on our island

The Pages

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All around us

The named ones • Islands of note • More pictures • Read More

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Our island’s name

What, exactly, is it?

How to pronounce ‘St Helena’ • Name variants in common use • Other publications • Rules of grammar • What do the earliest documents say? • An authoritative document? • Does it matter? • And the answer is • Abbreviations • Maybe we should adopt another name entirely? • Read More

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Island Structures

Our buildings and other structures

The Pages

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Jacob’s Ladder

Stairway to heaven?

What is ‘Jacob’s Ladder’? • History • ‘The Ladder’ today • Why ‘Jacob’s Ladder’? • Other places called Jacob’s Ladder • Other uses of the term • Jacob’s Ladder Challenge • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

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Where it all happens

In brief • Why ‘Jamestown’? • A quick guided tour • Stay here? • Town Plan • Climate • Busy and quiet days • History • The Tunnel • Then and now • Jamestown District • Is Jamestown really a ‘city’? • Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016 • Read More

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Jamestown Current Images (static)

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Jobs on St Helena

You want to work here?

Stop reading if you’re independently wealthy! • Finding a job on St Helena • Starting your own business • Read More

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Jonathan the tortoise

The world’s oldest land resident?

Who is ‘Jonathan’? • So how old is Jonathan, really? • What type of tortoise is he? • Why ‘Jonathan’? • How fast is Jonathan? • Vet’s Report • An interview with Jonathan? • Other giant tortoises at Plantation House • Tortoises are not toys! • Important Visitor Tip • Read More

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Lace Making

Over 100 years of history

History • Lace making today • Read More

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The Leisure Park

Eat, drink and be merry

What’s There? • History

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Lemon Valley

Everything but the lemons

What’s there • How to get there • History • Read More

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Quiet and rural

About Levelwood • Stay here? • The Bellstone • The Future • Read More

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Link To Us

We’d appreciate it

Why link to us? • Linking information • How to link to us - the technical information

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Isn’t that everything?


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More than just Napoleon…

Activities • Stay here? • Exiles • Other history • Wirebirds • Longwood in pictures • Longwood Gate • Read More

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Longwood House

Napoleon’s residence

Napoleon in residence • After Napoleon • Recent History • Touring Longwood House • Bicentenary events (2015-2021) • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

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Longwood House Images (static)

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The Images

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Lost and almost-lost Buildings

‘In need of some work…’

Porteous House • American Consulate Building • Longwood New House • The Longwood Windmill • Horse Ridge farmhouse • The Heritage Society • Almost lost, but now • Read More

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Lost Ships

Our seabed is littered with wrecks

1991: MV Oman Sea One • 1942: SS City of Cairo • 1941: RFA Darkdale • 1920: SV Spangereid • 1911: SS Papanui • 1613: Witte Leeuw (White Lion) • Various others • The Good Hope Castle Fire, 1973 • Read More

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Making Ends Meet

Help for those most in need

About • Where does the money come from? • Questions - answered!

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Maldivia Gardens

Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

History • Maldivia Today • Read More

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Maps of St Helena

Finding your way around

Historic maps • Recent maps • Specialist maps • Not exactly a map, but • The Middle of the Middle of Nowhere • Spot the error! • Read More

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Memories of St Helena

‘Well, back in the day…’

1970s: ‘Geodetics’ at High Knoll Fort • 1943: The Guano Trip • 1968: DWS Posting • 1878: Mrs Gill, astronomer’s wife • 1911: Another Papanui Passenger • 1941: Former Governor’s Tale • 1939: HMS Neptune and the Cable & Wireless staff • 1956: An Unexpected Storm • 1962: Jean Johnston’s Diary • 1967: DWS posting • 1944: Poem by servicemen stationed here • 1933: Mrs. Bolwell, serviceman’s wife • 1911: Passenger on the SS Papanui • 1961: Sailor aboard HMS Puma • Read More

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The Millennium Forest

Haven’t you grown…

In the beginning • Decline • Re-birth • 25 Years • Activity Reports • Your contribution? • Read More

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The Missing Fountain Mystery

Where did it go?

The Rockfall Memorial Fountain • Why was the Fountain removed? • What happened to it? • Re-creation? • Read More

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The Mule Yard

No longer a place for donkeys

Where is it? • Why the name? • What’s on? • Want to discuss a booking? • Read More

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Myths Debunked!

Everybody knows that…

Napoleon Myths • João da Nova Myths • In and around Jamestown • Creatures • Geology & Geography • And plenty more • Read More

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With some things you maybe don’t know about him

What we all know • 25 Fascinating Facts • Napoleon on St Helena • Napoleon’s last expedition • The Napoleon codes • Napoleon’s Death • Bicentenary events • Other Stories • Read More

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Napoleonic Bicentenary

A reason to celebrate…

Arrival, 1815/2015 • Death, 1821/2021 • Read More

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Napoleon’s Tomb

But not his final resting place

The burial • Removal and re-burial • Remembrance • Bicentenary events • 7 Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

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National Flower

Unique to St Helena

The flower and its re-discovery • Our previous national flower • History of The Ebony • Read More

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Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’

Unofficially, at least

How it came about • The song itself • For posterity • Read More

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National Symbols

Official and otherwise

How does something become a National Symbol? • The current set • The official crest • Read More

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St Helena Nature Conservation Group

Supporting the environment of St Helena since 1993

Who are we? • How to get involved • Gumwood Guardians - the GGs! • Our achievements • Contacts

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Our Newspapers

All the week’s news and views

Our current newspapers • Regulation • Brief history of newspapers on St Helena • Special Days • Read More

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Who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’?

Why nicknames? • Are nicknames only for Saints? • The Napoleonic connection • What name appears in the ‘phone book? • So who on earth is ‘Gavin Ellick’? • Read More

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Notes and Coins of St Helena

Money, Money, Money

Current Circulating Coins • Commemorative Coins • Current Banknotes • History • Coins in popular culture • Other money • Note/Coin Collectors • The golden rule? • Should the SHP be scrapped? • Read More

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Monitoring and measuring

Astronomers • Magnetic Variations, Tides and Weather • Ladder Hill Observatory • Longwood Observatory • Other Observatories • Read More

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On This Day

Today, in history

This day in history • This Year in past Centuries • This month in St Helena’s history • Statistics • Read More

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Origins of island surnames

How islanders got their family names

Commonest names and their origins • The first English settlers • Saints Around the world • Read More

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Other Military Sites

…and related places

Lookout Posts and Signal Stations • And more • Read More

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Page History

What joined the site when

Pages with creation dates • Recent Updates

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Oh, yes it is…!

Origins • More recent Ivylets • People • The South Atlantic Players (SAPS) • Earlier stage productions • Read More

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Leave only footprints; take only photographs

Opportunities For Photographers • What To Bring • Photo examples • Images from various photographers • John Isaac Lilley: our first photographer? • Read More

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Picture Gallery

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The Pictures

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A picture paints a thousand words

The Pages

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Place Names

Some we can explain; some we can’t

The ones we can explain • and the ones we can’t • Contradictory names explained? • Coastal Features • Strange business names • House names • Even our island’s name is uncertain • St Helena Island in Scotland, UK • Read More

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Plantation House

The Governor’s Residence

Description • Tours • Grounds • Giant Tortoises • History • The Forest • ‘Plantation Notes’ • Walks around Plantation House • Read More

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Plantation House Images (static)

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The Images

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Postage Stamp Images (Static)

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Postage Stamps

Write me a letter …write it today

Post Office first; stamps second • The first St Helena stamps • King Edward VII • King George V • King George VI • Queen Elizabeth II • Modern Commemoratives • Our first Air-Mail • How stamps are issued • Stamps with errors • Stamp Collectors • Don’t break the law! • Read More

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Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

Jamestown • Napoleon • Jacob’s Ladder • Sandy Bay • Boer Prisoners • Heart-Shaped Waterfall • General • Postcard Collectors • Read More

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Quincentenary of St Helena

‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

Discovery of St Helena • Celebrations in St Helena • In the UK • The Seal • Sexcentenary • Read More

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…from other pages

The Quotes

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Radio on St Helena

A surprisingly large number of stations

Broadcast Stations • Amateurs • A brief history of radio on St Helena • World Radio Day • Read More

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Radio St Helena

The voice of the island for 45 years

The DWS tests • The ‘St Helena Government Broadcasting Station’ - aka ‘Radio St Helena’ • Station staff and others • Equipment & Transmission • Outside Broadcasts • Radio St Helena Day • QSL: nine years late! • ‘Teabag’ • Audio Clips • Fluffs, and other problems • Closedown • Memories of local radio on St Helena • Ralph or Tony? • The Archives • Funding • Read More

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Our (Other) Railway

Useful; not quite as famous

History • Read More

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Read articles about St Helena

Articles about St Helena

Introducing Jonathan, the world’s oldest animal on land at 187 years old • Sustainable Tourism and a Remote Island • Saint Helena has held its first ever same-sex wedding • St Helena expats from ‘Swindolena’ to gather for sports day this weekend • Remote St Helena Airport shrugs off ‘World’s Most Useless’ tag • St Helena’s cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armoury • New British postage labels feature ships that have carried the mail • End of an era as RMS St Helena makes final voyage from Cape Town • St Helena: The island where everyone knows your name • Unusual Coverage! • Read More

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Read articles about St Helena (Older)

Older articles about St Helena

Is world’s oldest tortoise GAY? • Napoleon, tourists, divers and flu: flight opens up remote St Helena • First commercial flight touches down at St Helena • Date set for final voyage of last Aberdeen-built ship • New Air Link and Luxury Hotel Will Transform Tourism on Tiny, Remote St Helena • St Helena inches closer to commercial air service • Saint of Heart • A St Helena Fisherman’s Wish Comes True • Sailing to Saint Helena - one of the world’s most remote communities • Hope for St Helena • The Bones of St Helena • The most extraordinary place on Earth? • Antwerp aviation company organises first commercial flight to Saint Helena • RMS St Helena makes final call to the UK • St Helena on ‘From Our Own Correspondent’ • Where the Saints go diving after work • World’s Largest Fish and One Tiny Island: Studying Whale Sharks on St Helena Island • Healthy Diet Helps 183-Year-Old Tortoise Feel Young Again

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Reading Sports

Home from home

What happens? • Photographs • Read More

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The St Helena Regiment

‘The Old Saints’

Background • Regiment History • Accommodation • Uniform • Not always best behaved • Matthew Carter, soldier, 1842-1847 • Serving Soldiers • Richard Farrell • Other St Helena Military Corps • Read More

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Related Sites

Links to useful related sites

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Renewable Energy

Being a ‘green’ island

Progress towards 100% renewable energy • Our renewable energy sources • Energy saving measures • Connect Saint Helena Ltd. • Read More

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RMS St Helena

Two remarkable ships: 1978-2018

The first RMS St Helena, 1978-1990 • The second RMS St Helena, 1990-2018 • Earlier ships • Not without incident • Why ‘RMS’ • Read More

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Take me home…

Earliest History • Napoleon - good for our roads • After Napoleon • More exiles; more roads • The First Motor Car • Later 20th Century • The Asphalt Machine • Our Newest Road • A Mystery Road or Track • Rules for Road Users • Read More

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Rough Seas

The worst sea in recorded history • Other Rollers • Other Types of Rollers • A wet decade • Read More

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Kings and Queens

King Henry VII • King Henry VIII • King Edward VI • Lady Jane Grey • Queen Mary I • Queen Elizabeth I • King James I • King Charles I • No Monarch • Oliver Cromwell • Richard Cromwell • No Monarch • King Charles II • King James II • No Monarch • King William III & Queen Mary II • King William III • Queen Anne • King George I • King George II • King George III • King George IV • King William IV • Queen Victoria • King Edward VII • King George V • King Edward VIII • King George VI • Queen Elizabeth II

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The Run

A long, thin park

Route • Use today • History • Read More

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So near, and yet so far

Why ‘Ruperts’ • What’s in Ruperts • The New Wharf • Always a place for leisure • Ruperts and the slaves • I’ve got a lovely bunch • Isolation • And our (other) railway • Read More

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Saint FM (2004-2012)

The Heartbeat of St Helena

History • Transmission • Programming • Adverts • Photo Gallery • Funding • Closure • Audio Clips • Read More

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Saint FM Community Radio

News, features and entertainment

About Saint FM Community Radio • Formation and Structure • Programming • Transmission • Funding • Regulation • Read More

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Saint Helena

She gave our island her name

Who was Saint Helena? • And why is our island named after her? • Read More

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Maybe it’s a state of mind?

The Legal Definition • Saint Culture • Saints Overseas • Why ‘Saints’? • Where did Saints come from? • Will I ever be a Saint? • Population Graphic • Read More

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S.A.M.S. Pure Gold

Continuous music

About S.A.M.S. Pure Gold • History • Transmission • Contacts • Funding • Regulation • Read More

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S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

About S.A.M.S. Radio 1 • History • Programmes • Transmission • Contacts • Listen Live • Funding • Regulation • Read More

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S.A.M.S. Radio 2

The BBC World Service on FM

About S.A.M.S. Radio 2 • History • Transmission • Contacts • Funding • Regulation • The BBC World Service • Read More

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Sandy Bay

Let’s go to the beach!

About Sandy Bay • Sandy Bay Beach • Stay here? • Sandy Bay in pictures • The Lime Kiln • The ‘Lines’ • Topless/Nude Sunbathing • Read More

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Saved Buildings

Almost lost; now restored

Teutonic Hall • Rock Rose • Wranghams, Sandy Bay • The Hutts Gate Store • Read More

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St Helena’s Day

Celebrating our island’s discovery

Discovery • The Celebrations • Celebrations Overseas • The Photographs • Events on 21st May • Read More

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Fairy Terns… and others

‘Fairy Terns’ • Other sea-birds • Seeing our sea-birds • Read More

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The St Helena Secret

A complete failure!

The plan • The reality

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The Seven Wonders of St Helena

Your itinerary?

The 2018 Seven Wonders • The 2008 Seven Wonders • Read More

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Mentioned on these pages

The Index • Read More

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Shopping: What to buy

A bit of St Helena to take home

Local woodcraft • Hand-made lace • Other items worthy of note • Foreign Currency • Shopping - a different experience • Eclectic shops • You don’t even have to land here • And finally • Read More

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Our Sister Islands

Part of our Territory

One of three • Ascension Island • Tristan da Cunha • One that got away • Read More

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Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

Exploiting Slaves • Liberation of African Slaves • The Slave Graves • Effects on St Helena today • Read More

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Slide Show

Automated picture show

Read More

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Speak Saint

Understand what Saints are saying

Understanding spoken Saint • Phrases • Tuning in • Try for yourself • Regional dialects • So how will you communicate? • Beware what you say • ‘Speaking Saint’ - the books • And finally, a cautionary tale • Read More

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Sport in St Helena

Playing the game

Football • Cricket • Golf • Moto-Cross • Mountain Biking • Paintball • Other Sports • International Events • Other sports? • Sport ‘in the before days’ • Read More

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Static image pages

For those that don’t use Javascript

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St. James’ Church

The oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere

Tower / Spire / Neither / Spire • The Organ • Other views • An American Altar? • All creatures, great and small • Why was St. Paul’s the Cathedral? • Read More

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St Pauls

The Heartland of St Helena

About St Pauls • St Pauls in pictures • Stay here? • Francis Plain • The Friar • The Future

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

Important, but with humble beginnings

History • The Cathedral Today • The Bell and the ‘experts’ • Memorial Stones • Why was St. Paul’s the Cathedral? • Read More

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Subject Index

These are the pages you are searching for

The Index

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All the world’s a stage

The Jamestown Upper Theatre • The Barracks Theatre • Other Theatres • Modern Theatre • Read More

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Everything starts 20 minutes late

Official Time • Effective Time • Telling the time • Historical Timekeeping • A ‘noonday gun’? • Daylight Saving Time • Read More

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Titbits from the records

To amuse and inform

The long arm of the law • Healthcare • Equality & Human Rights • The Environment • Life on St Helena • Men of the cloth • Read More

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Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

Today’s Contemporary Image • Today’s Historic Image

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Two St Helenas?

Our mythical sister island

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

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Unrest and Rebellion

We’re not gonna take it!

Governor Coney, 1672 • Governor Keigwin, 1674 • The ‘Dennison Mutiny’, 1684 • The ‘Jackson Mutiny’, 1693 • The ‘Arrack Rebellion’, 1783 • The ‘Spirits Rebellion’, 1811 • Demanding Democracy, 1950 s • The ‘Riot’, 1996 • SHELCO protest, 2003 • More recent demonstrations • Read More

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Updated This Release

For the record

Updated pages list • Recent Updates

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A Very Brief History

The most important bits

A Very Brief History of St Helena

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Visitor Information

Come and discover our island

How to get here • Can I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant? • Time Zone • Weather • Take a tour! • Where to stay • Tips and tricks when here • Environment • Money • Official Tourist Brochures • Visiting in the 1870s • A longer stay? • Read More

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Walking St Helena

Well off the beaten track

Walks for all tastes • Some suggestions • Post Box Walks • Walking Tips • Festival of Walking • Walks around Plantation House • Read More

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Have a drink!

An Important Resource • Too Much, Too Little • Engineering Solutions • Geography and Geology • Supplies Today • Connect Saint Helena Ltd. • Read More

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Weather and climate

Be prepared!

Sun • Wind • Rain • Seasons • Expected weather • Current weather • In more technical terms • Unexpected weather • Read More

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Whale Sharks

Fun to swim with!

About • Swimming with Whale Sharks • Read More

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‘Thar she blows!’

A whaler’s paradise • Growth • Decline • Ecological Impact • Read More

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What To Do

The essential things to do

Take a tour • “Do Napoleon” • Visit Jonathan and Plantation House • See a Wirebird • Meet some Saints • Climb Jacob’s Ladder • Watch dolphins on a boat trip to Lemon Valley • Have a walk • Walk up Diana’s Peak • Admire the stars • Try our coffee • Taste Plo and local fishcakes • Visit our Museum • Dive our clear blue waters • Investigate our built heritage • Set off for a drive • Relax in Castle Gardens • Meet a donkey • Take lots of photographs • Do some shopping • Other suggestions • Tips for Exploring • Read More

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Where is St Helena?

How to find St Helena on a map

Where in the world is St Helena • First Map • How to get here • Shipping Lanes • Read More

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Where To Stay

Advice for first-time visitors

Types of accommodation • Location, Location, Location • Can you camp? • Where you can’t stay • Famous Visitors, exiles, etc. • Useful links • Read More

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White Ants

A pest by any other name…

Termites • Other ‘White Ants’ • Read More

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The Wirebird

St Helena Plover Charadrius Sanctaehelenae

About our Wirebird • Wirebird census results • Airport Danger • Read More

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A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

Why Visit? • Tips • Some Statistics • In Emergency • ‘Ann’s Place’ • Racing & Rallies • The St Helena High • Read More

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Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

Mystery Helicopter - Resolved! • Old photographs • An End to Isolation • Anniversaries

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