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What is this site for?How to use Saint Helena Island InfoTechnicalJavascript‘Cookies’Page StructureSubject Groups ExplainedContent PoliciesAdvertsSt Helena HistoryMaterial we have usedSite History and UpdatesWho is ‘we’?If you have a questionBeware of impostors!‘What the Saints did next ’Technical InformationStandards ConformanceEncodingUsabilityBrowser TestingSite IndexError PageWork In ProgressSite MaintenanceRead MoreArticle: www.sthelena.se

Alarm Forest

The place to live

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About Alarm ForestThe BriarsThe futureRead MoreExco Report, 20th January 2014

Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio

CQ, CQ, CQ

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

Artists

Recording images of St Helena

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William John Burchell, 1805-1810G H Bellasis, 1814-1815Denzil Ibbetson, 1815-1823JE Fowler, 1863Erich Mayer, 1900-1902F. Oswell Jones, 1949-1959Roland Svensson, 1968Iris Linsi, 1994Others discussed elsewhereEven moreOzias HumphreysJ. GrahamHubert CornishRolf Weijburg

Astronomy

Dark skies, warm nights

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Light PollutionOther advantagesWalking in the footstepsRead MoreWeblink: Astronomy for KidsArticle: Saint Helena Dark Sky IslandSaint Helena’s Astronomy HeritageThe Dark Sky SurveyDark Sky Tourism

Betsy Balcombe

Napoleon’s Friend

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Bringing the two togetherAt The BriarsIn LongwoodThe Balcombes DepartRead MoreJohn Tyrrell’s blog“Recollections of the Emperor ”Article: Betsy and Napoleon, A Friend in the South AtlanticWebsite: Napoleon on Saint Helena

Birds

Masters of the air

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On other pagesOur eclectic collectionCanaryCardinalJava SparrowMoorhenMynah BirdPartridgePeaceful DovePheasantPigeonWaxbillVisitorsDomesticated FowlFailed IntroductionsExtinct EndemicsRead MoreBooksArticle: Cattle Egrets Re-visit

Blogs

Writing about St Helena

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“Visitor” BlogsMemoirs of an Englishwoman expatriating to St Helena island 2016-2018Two Years in the AtlanticAs far as you can goNotes 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 island6 Months A SaintVoyaging VictoriaRambling Wombat visits St HelenaFive go to St HelenaHistory BlogsReflections on a journey to St HelenaSaint Helena 15.55 South 5.43 WestOther BlogsSt Helena WirebirdSt Helena OnlineMuch Older St Helena StuffRead MoreArticle: Censorship, St Helena Style

The ‘Blue Book’

The Annual Colonial Report

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The what?Useful becauseAnd today?

Blue Hill

Not many have been there

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What happens in Blue Hill?HistoryWirebirdsThe FutureBlue Hill in pictures

Blue Magic (band)

Rock, Blues, Reggae

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

Boer Prisoners (1900-1902)

Home-from-home? Not really…

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In advanceArrivalCamp LifeBoer CemeteryEscapeesDeparture (for most)Impact on St HelenaRead MoreArticle: The Last Boer PrisonerA serviceman’s recollectionArticle: Were there black prisoners in the Boer camps of St Helena?

The Briars Pavilion

Napoleon’s Other House

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Napoleon, and beforeLater HistoryTodayRead MoreArticle: Press Release from The French Consul

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

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 Century21st Century‘What the Saints did next ’Read MoreSourcesImportant VisitorsVisit Our MuseumArticle: A Descriptive Sketch of The Island of St HelenaDid the first flight increase world interest in St Helena?

Bring back Aishah and Faris

They have a right to see their mother

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What happenedWhat can I do?

Building St Helena Airport

Built and operating

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A long time comingInvestigations, but no planSHELCOThe 2005 announcementThe ‘Pause’Angola invades St Helena2011: Airport to be built on St HelenaAirport to be built on St HelenaBuilding the AirportConstructionThe Final BlastPhotographsAirport Name and LogoComairTest FlightsThe First PlaneSecond Test Flight & ASSI CertificationFinal test flightOpening ‘indefinitely postponed’WindshearPress Release, 10th June 2016Press Release, 28th July 2016Other FlightsA new hope?Press Release, 24th October 2016RAF Test FlightPlans for a Scheduled Commercial Air Service, 2017Events on 14th OctoberOpen-Ended Certification‘Category C’The Future of the ‘Bradley’s Camp’Not without incidentWhen did the airport actually open?An Air Service at last!St Helena Airport GameHow will St Helena change?The official answerAn unofficial viewFearsRead MoreArticle: Building an airport for St HelenaArticle: Just a Sample

Carnival

Fun in the sun

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What happens for CarnivalImages of CarnivalRead MoreArticle: Carnival, just like being in Brazil

Carnival Images (Static)

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The ImagesRead MoreArticle: 2018: Spirit of the Sea

The Castle

The most important of the Public Buildings

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HistoryThe Fort of St. John / York Fort / James’ Fort / United CastleSubstantial re-engineering and a new name19th Century extension and reconstructionThe Castle TodayCastle ImagesMyths and LegendsRead More“THE CASTLE, OR THE CASTLE OF ST JOHN, OR UNION CASTLE”

Castle Gardens

Sit and watch the world go by

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

Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? You decide…

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Capt. Benjamin BoucherRev. Richard BoysLouden’s BenFather DaineJames Francis Homagee‘Matty’ JohnAuntie LouSome Honourable MentionsGovernor GallweyEdward FentonCanon WalcottRead MoreArticle: A Musical Mission

Christmas

A great time to be here

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How we celebrate ChristmasImages of ChristmasFestival of LightsOther ImagesChristmas PastEvents on 25th DecemberEvents on 26th DecemberA snowman in St Helena?Read MoreArticle: From the EditorArticle: Christmas stories from St Helena

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Chronology

Search our events database

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Select by year rangeSelect by month and/or daySelect using key wordsSome StatisticsRead MoreArticle: Flashback

Churches of St Helena

And other religious buildings

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St. James’, JamestownSt. Paul’s Cathedral, St Paul’sSt. Matthew’s, Hutt’s GateOther older churchesMore modern churchesChurchyardsThe Portuguese Chapel, JamestownRelated buildingsGravestones and memorial windowsRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Entry on the World Monument Fund watch-list

Cinema

Let’s go to a movie

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Early movie theatresThe ‘Talkies’Later DevelopmentsDecline and closure

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 carHow we scrap carsDreamsAnd also the ultimate classic ‘car’Some older carsRead MoreArticle: Oswell Blakeston visits, 1956

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 coffeeArticle: From Steel to Coffee - A Mid-Life Career Change

Communications

Getting the message

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PostPosting to St HelenaDelivery to/from St HelenaPosting from St HelenaSt Helena internal postOur first Air-MailFreightSea FreightAir FreightTelephonesCalling to St HelenaCalling from and within St HelenaFeatures of our telephone systemTelephone HistoryRadio TelephonesMobile (‘Cell’) TelephonesInternet and EmailAccessing the Internet in St Helena‘Wi-Fi Hotspots’‘State of the Island’ report, 2015SAExInternet HistoryRadioMilitary RadioSt Helena RadioOther RadioTelevisionCommunications CompaniesThe Eastern Telegraph CompanyCable & WirelessSure South Atlantic Ltd.Issues‘Solar Interference’‘Satellite Lag’Read MoreArticle: St Helena’s part in the ‘Victorian Internet’.

The Community Development Organisation

Supporting the island’s community groups

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About The Community Development OrganisationContacts:

Community Pages

It’s what’s happening…

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Sectors

Comparative History

Here and there

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Our Comparative History

Our Constitution

Our supreme legislative document

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

Contact Saint Helena Island Info

Ways to get in touch

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Communications NoteMeet us in person

Could you live here?

Some of what you need to consider

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Do you wantCan you cope withThe laid-back attitudeShortagesPaperworkBeing disconnectedTeenager issuesHealthThings that don’t workOn the outside, looking inAnd finally feeling abandonedHow to live hereA job on St HelenaA home on the islandMedical FeesOther issuesWhat to bring (and what to leave behind)BRINGDON’T BRINGThoughts on bringing a vehicleWill I ever be a SaintRead MoreSourcesOfficialOtherArticle: Shopping a daily puzzle on remote St HelenaArticle: Moving from the UK to live on St Helena

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

Creative Saint Helena

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

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About UsIN+VENTIVEBooks‘Speaking Saint’ - the books‘Rebel with Velvet Paws’Contact

Credits

Thank you all

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Credits to contributors

Cruise Ship Days

An unusual hive of activity

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ToursAn interesting approachA suggestionCruise Ship MarketsVisitors’ CommentsFailure to land - what to doEarly cruise ship visitorsThe very first cruise shipThe Viceroy of IndiaOther Notable VisitorsRead MoreArticle: The most surprising place we’ve been

Dark Tourism

Visiting the darker parts of our history.

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What is ‘Dark Tourism’?The darker aspects of St Helena’s history.SlaveryThe MilitaryThe Last ExecutionGhosts of events pastBattle SitesShip DisastersChurchyardsand then there’s Napoleon and the other exilesOn PaperAnd if that isn’t enoughTips for ExploringDark History ToursRead MoreArticle: St Helena’s Hidden AttractionsArticle: The Prosperous Bay Murder

Deliberately Sunken Ships

Sent to the bottom

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The Frontier, 1994The Bedgellett, 2001The Atlantic Rose, 2006The Portzic, 2008Read MoreArticle: There She Goes!

Diana’s Peak

Our highest point

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Not just one, but threeThe Diana’s Peak National ParkWalking Diana’s PeakBut who was Diana?7 Wonders of St Helena VotingRead MoreArticle: Mountains or Molehills over peaks controversy

Diplomatic Wireless Station

Or was it spying?

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What we knowDWS St HelenaWhat we think we knowPro BonoThe DWS in actionAntenna and equipment mapsRemnantsKeeping in touchRead MoreArticle: 1968: DWS PostingArticle: First Posting, Forty Years OnThe journey to our new homeCommunicationDancing and fishing

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 isEvents on 21st MayEvents on 3rd MayRead MoreArticle: St Helena DayExtract from ‘History of the Portuguese during the Reign of Emmanuel’

Diving

For old wrecks - and anyone else

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Wrecks to exploreFacts/Laws/Etc.The LawProtection of Wrecks OrdinanceA selection of dive sitesWrecksSS PapanuiBedgellett and Atlantic RoseWitte Leeuw (White Lion)FrontierRFA DarkdaleOtherButtermilk PointCavalley PointDockyardRed IslandThompson’s Valley IslandArtificial ReefThe St Helena Dive ClubDive CompaniesInto The BlueSub-Tropic AdventuresRead MoreTourist Office BrochureArticle: Where the Saints go diving after workA 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 IslandArticle: A report by the RAF diving team, working on the White Lion in 1998

Dolphin watching

And other marine activities

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Watching dolphinsWhales, whale sharks, etcWhalesWhale SharksAnd while you’re out thereRead MoreArticle: Facts about DolphinsHow 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?

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

Do they mean us?

Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

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Pitcairn Island has been moved!Tristan da Cunha has been moved!National Library of AustraliaThe Daily MailMis-coverage of our new Air ServiceThe first flight connects St Helena to the rest of the worldFirst commercial plane touches down on remote British territoryThe Daily MailShark Attack!The ‘Rusty Lifeline’Interesting pictureAirport ‘scrapped’!Serious misinformation!‘Facts’ from the CIA ‘World Factbook’Not hereDaily Express: ‘Top 10 facts about St Helena’Daily Telegraph: Napoleon’s final resting place: in picturesDaily Express: ‘Top 10 facts about St Helena’Not where it saysRead MoreArticle: Book ReviewJust because a mistake is old

Downloads

An index to referenced documents

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Search downloadsIcon IndexDocs 1St Helena 1502-1938 ♦Docs 2St Helena 25th October 2017 (in French) ♦Docs 77 Wonders of St Helena: Barbara George for Jacob’s Ladder ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Ben Jeffs for High Knoll Fort ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Cathy Hopkins for St. James’ Church ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Dr. Rebecca Cairns-Wicks for the Diana’s Peak National Park ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Ivy Yon, Joan Thomas & George Thomas for Longwood House ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Trevor Magellan for Napoleon’s Tomb ♦7 Wonders of St Helena: Vince Thompson for the Heart-shaped Waterfall ♦Docs AAir Navigation Regulations Summary ♦Airport Announcement, 14th March 2005 ♦Airport Drone Zones Map ♦St Helena Airport Local Traffic Regulations ♦St Helena Airport Tariffs, May 2016 ♦Alfred Mosely ♦Artificial Reef Report, July 2014 ♦The Ashmole Report, 2006 ♦Astronomers and other scientists on St Helena (1974) ♦Atom Voyages, Chapter 20: Emperors and Astronomers ♦Docs BThe Bahraini Three on St Helena ♦Batteries of St Helena ♦‘From Our Own Correspondent’, 11th May 2016 ♦‘From Our Own Correspondent’, 22nd December 2012, Horatio Claire on his recent visit to St Helena ♦BBC Radio Play: Angola invades St Helena, 2009 ♦Bells of Jamestown ♦Bell, St. James’ Church ♦Bellstone, Tapping ♦Bell, St. Paul’s Cathedral ♦Boer Prisoners: Mr. Johnson recalling the escape of Andries Smorenburg ♦Boer Prisoners Study ♦Bridge Memorial Clock Dedication, Acting Governor’s Speech ♦Brief description of St Helena, 1680 ♦A brief overview of National Conservation Areas ♦Bruce Family History ♦Built Heritage Report ♦Docs CCensus, 1946 ♦Census 2016 (summary) ♦Conspiracy on St Helena? (Mis)remembering Napoleon’s Exile ♦Our Constitution ♦Coverage of the first plane ♦Crallan report, 1974 ♦Cruise ship days humour ♦Docs DDarkdale Plan ♦Darkdale Rescue, Sidi Young ♦Dark sky picture ♦Daylight Saving Time Proposal ♦A Decade of Sailing, 2006 ♦Description of the Island of St Helena, 1805 ♦Districts map detail, Alarm Forest ♦Districts map detail, Blue Hill ♦Districts map detail, Half Tree Hollow ♦Districts map detail, Jamestown ♦Districts map detail, Levelwood ♦Districts map detail, Longwood ♦Districts map detail, Sandy Bay ♦Districts map detail, St Paul’s ♦Diving Good Practice ♦Doveton Family Tree ♦Duke of Edinburgh Visit, Wirebird, February 1957 ♦Docs EEbony Booklet ♦Endemics at the island’s discovery ♦Eric M. George Obituary, 2001 ♦Extracts from the records, 1885 ♦Extracts relating to the Giant Tortoises in vet Joe Hollins’s 2009 report ♦Docs FThe first dozen years ♦The First (modern) St Helena Herald, 1st June 2001 ♦Fish Cakes, Napoleon’s Favourite ♦Fish Exports Jan-Sep 2017 ♦Flax stripper in operation, Fairyland Mill ♦Flights announcement, 7th February 2018 ♦F. Oswell Jones, by himself 1960 ♦St Helena from Space ♦Full story of Lowry ♦Docs GThe Ghosts of Plantation House ♦The Giant Earwig of St Helena ♦Gov. Clancy, Xmas message 2006 ♦Governor’s Oaths, 2007, Andrew Gurr ♦Governor’s Oaths, Alan Hoole, 1991 ♦The Governor & St Helena ♦Governor Stimson, Farewell address, April 1991 ♦Gov. Gurr, The importance of the RMS, 2010 ♦Gov. Guy, Opening the Red Hill Water Treatment Plant, 1979 ♦Gov. Hollamby ♦Gov. Hollamby. Welcomes to the Princess Royal ♦Gov. Lisa Phillips, Plantation House Concert 2016 ♦Gov. Massingham, about Construction in HTH, 1983 ♦Gov. Massingham, interviewed in 1984 ♦Gov. Robert Stimson regarding the new RMS, 30th November 1990 ♦Gov. Sir Robert Alford, interviewed in 1962 ♦Guns of St Helena ♦Docs HHandbook and Gazetteer of The Island of St Helena, 1947 ♦High Knoll Fort ♦High Seas Adventure, Ham Style ♦The Historic Island, From Its Discovery To The Present Date, 1905 ♦History of the Island of St Helena, 1824 ♦The history of the Portuguese under Emanuel ♦History of the St Helena Flax Industry ♦HMS Trincomalee at St Helena ♦Docs IIan Bruce, The Cordeaux Years ♦Immigration Ordinance 2017 ♦St Helena Independent, First edition, 11th November 2005 ♦Information for yachts ♦Island description in The Saturday Magazine, 1839 ♦Island Nicknames ♦Docs JJack Thorpe speaking about General Cronjé ♦Jamestown lines 1860s ♦Jamestown Vision 2020 ♦Docs LLace & Needlework ♦Ladder Hill Water Supply ♦The Last St Helena News, 25th May 2001 ♦Levelwood, Sandy Bay & Blue Hill ♦Docs MMap, 1850-52 ♦Map, 1863 ♦Map, 1921 ♦Map, 2014 ♦Map, Admiralty, May 1922 ♦Map by Willem Lodewijcksz, 1598 ♦Map by Willem Lodewijcksz, 1598 (full page) ♦Map, de Bry, 1601 ♦Map, illustrated by Mayer ♦Map, Jamestown, 1690s ♦Map, Jamestown, 1781 ♦Map, Lower Jamestown ♦Map of St Helena, 1884 ♦Map of the World, Ortelius, 1570 ♦Map of the World, Showing the Extent of the British Empire, 1886 ♦Map, Read, 1817 ♦Map, Tristan da Cunha ♦Marine Reservoir Corrections, St Helena ♦Mason Report, 1921 ♦Matty John, A Bird in the hand ♦Matty John and the “Mighty Sperm Whale” ♦Matty John, Daisy Daisy ♦Matty John, Instrumental ♦Matty John, Majuba Hill ♦Matty John, Monte Carlo ♦Matty John, The Bird Has Flew ♦Matty John, The Paper Song ♦Media Standards Guidelines, 2014 ♦Medical Fees, 2014 ♦Miles Apart - New and secondhand books on the South Atlantic islands and the Antarctic ♦Docs NNapoleonic Bicentenary, French Visit Programme ♦National Song, “My St Helena Island” ♦National Song, “My St Helena Island” (Studio Quality) ♦Docs O“Overheard in Warrens” ♦Docs PPaleornithology of St Helena, 1975 ♦The Papanui ♦The Peters Family sing “Ol’ Dutch” ♦A Physical, Historical and Topographical Description of the Island, 1875 ♦Postal History of St Helena ♦Princess Anne’s Visit in 2002 ♦Public Access to St Helena Government Information - Code of Practice (2014) ♦Docs QQuincentenary Souvenir ♦Quincentennary Report ♦Docs RRadio: louder, clearer, better ♦Radio programme on St Helena, 21st July 2015 ♦Radio St Helena: 14th October 1994, Local News: Death of the Last Wild St Helena Olive ♦Radio St Helena: 1984 Station Introduction (partial) ♦Radio St Helena: Callup, 1967 ♦Radio St Helena: Closedown at 21:30h, 1977 ♦Radio St Helena: Closedown - the final hour up to midnight 25th December 2012 ♦Radio St Helena Day 15th October 1993: Tony Leo introducing and speech from Governor Hoole ♦Radio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October 1990 20:00h Tony Leo with announcemets, weather & introduce programme, Joy Lawrence ♦Radio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Joy Lawrence & ‘phone call from New York ♦Radio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Joy Lawrence & ‘phone call from the UK ♦Radio St Helena Day 1990, 6th October, Station Identification by Tony Leo ♦Radio St Helena Day 1992, 23rd October, Tony Leo signing off ♦Radio St Helena Day 1996 ♦Radio St Helena Day, 1999 ♦Radio St Helena Day 2006, official announcement then Stedson Francis ♦Radio St Helena Day, 2009, Gary Walters & Paul Walker ♦Radio St Helena Day, 2009, Tony Leo & Paul Walker ♦Radio St Helena: Detailed Schedule, August 2001 ♦Radio St Helena: Ex-Ggovernor Guy, ‘From My Collection’ (excerpt) ♦Radio St Helena: first live football commentary 24th February 1974 ♦Radio St Helena: History ♦Radio St Helena: History (older) ♦Radio St Helena: Jingle and local news, Joy Lawrence, 1995 ♦Radio St Helena: John Clifford signs off ‘Magpie’, October 1983 ♦Radio St Helena: News, 30th March 2010 ♦Radio St Helena: Opening; Fanfare and ‘A life on the ocean wave’, 1996 ♦Radio St Helena: “Operating 1548”, a song about the station(1981) ♦Radio St Helena: QSL Reply, 1987 ♦Radio St Helena: Ralph Peters with ‘PrimeTime’, 15th December 2005 ♦Radio St Helena: Schedule for the final five days ♦Radio St Helena: Schedule, June 1986 ♦Radio St Helena: Station Ident, 1992 ♦Radio St Helena: Station Identification, 2012 ♦Radio St Helena: Station ID then Ralph Peters starts ‘Evening Shuttle’ ♦Radio St Helena: Tony Leo closing down at 22.23hrs on Friday 10th November 1995 ♦Radio St Helena: Tony Leo discovers the echo chamber, 1979 ♦Radio St Helena: Tony Leo on 25th December 2012, proving that however competent you are, sometimes the equipment fights back! ♦The St Helena Railway ♦Recollections of the Emperor Napoleon ♦Rediscovery of the St Helena Ebony ♦Rescue Plan for the Three Peaks, 1996 ♦Richard Boothby’s 17th Century visit ♦RMS (first) fire, November 1984 ♦RMS (second) Horn (Departure) ♦RMS (first) Horn (departure) ♦RMS (first) meal ‘gong’ ♦RMS (second): Welcoming, 30th November 1990 ♦Rockfall, 1890 ♦Docs SSaint FM (2004 to 2012): Advert for Milk at Thorpe’s ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Banyan Cottage ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Coffee Shop ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Die Fly! ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Lunchtime Show ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Oil ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: PW&SD ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Queen Mary ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012) adverts: Wellies ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): “Discover the difference” Station ID ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Emma-Jane [Yon] Personal and Station ID ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Launch of transmission on 93.1MHz ♦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] ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Mike’s unsuccessful attempt to interview Chief Secretary Martin Hallam (a.k.a. ‘Biggles’) ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): News extract - problem with the water drilling ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Pre-launch promo, used as part of the test transmissions ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for advertising on Saint FM and the St Helena Independent ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for Bert Constantine’s Country Music programme ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for the Saint FM website ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Promo for the “Wake-up call” programme ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Start of Governor Andrew Gurr’s programme, Christmas 2007 ♦Saint FM (2004 to 2012): Telecommunications provider Cable & Wireless sponsored the Saint FM News broadcasts ♦Saint Helena Band, Friendly Benefit Society Slow March ♦Sandy Bay, 2016 Photowalk ♦Saving Electricity ♦Scheduled Commercial Air Service Q & A, 21 July 2017 ♦Schools history chart ♦The secret plot to rescue Napoleon by submarine ♦Seismicity of St Helena ♦Sentinel, 27th July 2017 ♦Six Months in Ascension, 1878 ♦Six views of St Helena, 1815 ♦Song about Lemon Valley ♦Song composed to welcome Prince Andrew to the island in 1984 ♦South Atlantic Fortress ♦South Atlantic Fortress, 2006 ♦Spatial identities of the citizens of Saint Helena ♦Spiky Yellow Woodlouse, Ecology and habitat ♦State of the Island Report, 2015 ♦St Helena, Edmond Halley, the discovery of Stellar Proper Motion, and the mystery of Aldebaran ♦St Helena’s Day ♦St Helena’s forgotten currency board ♦St Helena’s Number One ♦St. James’ Church Leaflet ♦St. Paul’s Cathedral Leaflet ♦Docs TTimeline of our newspapers ♦Tourism Brochure: Activities ♦Tourism Brochure: Bird watching ♦Tourism Brochure: Diving ♦Tourism Brochure: Flora and fauna ♦Tourism Brochure: Jamestown ♦Tourism Brochure: Napoleon ♦Tourism Brochure: Napoleon (French) ♦Tourism Brochure: Walking and hiking ♦Tribute to Johnny Drummond ♦TV Guide, for 18th February 2011 ♦Two St Helenas, from 1702 map ♦Docs UUK Overseas Territories stock take report, 2014 ♦Docs VViews of St Helena, 1863 ♦Docs WWhat happened to the coffee? ♦What to do, 2017 ♦A whirlwind on St Helena, 1993 ♦William Thorpe ♦Docs ZZoom In Just Here ♦Index of Videos

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 momentHow it all beganHow we scrap carsJamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016And finallyRead MoreArticle: Don’t stay too long at St Helena’s craziest attractionArticle: poor driving standards of some motorists on islandFeedback

Duke of Edinburgh Playground

For Kids; For Everyone

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OriginsThe Duke of Edinburgh PlaygroundDeclineThe TreesThe Duke of Edinburgh Car ParkA Playground Again?Read MoreArticle: A Recreation Ground for Jamestown

Easter Activities

Fishing and camping

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Maundy Thursday FishingCampingRead MoreArticle: Easter and More - an ex-pat viewArticle: Easter Camping

The East India Company

John, to it’s friends

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Company HistorySt HelenaRead MoreSourcesArticle: Directors’ Letter, August 1687

Education

The Three ‘R’s

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An OverviewSome key peoplePremises, PremisesWhat schools were there, and when?Recognise anybody?Read MoreMust ReadAnother perspectiveArticle: An Island School, Thirty Years Ago - A Former Pupil Reminisces

Endemic Species

They only live here

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The factsInvertebrates (aka ‘bugs’)Blushing SnailOther SnailsSpiky Yellow WoodlouseOther woodliceSpidersMyrtle Ashmole BooklouseVarious Ground-beetlesAnd many othersTrees, Ferns, mosses, etc.The EbonyThe RedwoodBastard GumwoodFalse GumwoodCabbagesLarge Bellflower and Dwarf JellicoThe Barn FernThe Bone SeedThe Tea PlantAnd also‘Gobblegheer’FishA new endemic fish?Others, now probably extinctWhy are so many endemics called ‘Bastard ’?Further ReadingRead MoreArticle: Rare woodlouse found to glow in the darkArticle: Lost endemic plant rediscovered after 200 yearsArticle: New wasp genus found on remote St HelenaExtract from the RSPB’s 2014 report ‘The UK’s wildlife overseas’ - St Helena

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Escape!

The ones that got away

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The first (recorded) escapeeThe Jackson mutineers of 1693The Century of EscapesMany plots; Zero escapesAndries Smorenburg’s crateCaptain Willem Merk and his yacht ‘Frontier’HM Prison, JamestownSanctioned departuresRead MoreThe curious case of Prisoner P ’s ‘Walkabout’ {7}Escaped prisoner still missingPrisoner recaptured

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)Almost, but not quiteWhat’s wrong?Read MoreArticle: St Helena Island Prison CampArticle: For Gaddafi, a home on St HelenaWhat’s Wrong - Answer

Exploring Space

To the stars and beyond

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Studying Space from St HelenaSpace TreatiesOther ContactsOur 16th Century AstronautRead MoreArticle: Stardate 050306 is there anybody up there?

Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

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Please don’tWho 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 BathArticle: New Zealand Couple seek distant family connectionFilms by Green Renaissance

Famous Visitors

Let’s drop a few names

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1502: João da Nova1515: Dürer’s Rhinoceros1588: Sir Thomas Cavendish1603: Sir James Lancaster1658: Johan Nieuhof1677: Edmond Halley1691: Captain Dampier1761: Nevil Maskelyne1771: Captain James Cook1776: Horatio Nelson1792: Captain Bligh1805: The Duke of WellingtonWellington’s life spared on St Helena?1817: William Thackeray1836: Charles Darwin1838: Prince William Henry Frederick of Holland1840: Prince de Joinville1852: SS Great Britain1860: HRH Prince Alfred1880: Empress Eugenie1880 Prince Albert William Heinrich of Prussia1898: Joshua Slocum1900: Lord Roberts1910: Duke of Connaught1925: HRH Edward, Prince of Wales1929: E M Forster1936: Lord and Lady Baden-Powell1938: Princess Marie Louise1947: 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

The First Battle For St Helena?

Well, maybe…

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Well known historyThe storySo is the story genuine?

Fishcakes, and other food

A taste of St Helena

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RecipesSt Helena FishcakesIngredientsMethod‘Bread ’n Dance’IngredientsMethod‘Plo’IngredientsMethod‘Do Down’IngredientsMethod‘Stuffed Pokes’IngredientsMethod‘Black Pudding’IngredientsMethodDessert: ‘Boiled Pudding’IngredientsMethodCoconut FingersIngredientsMethodand many moreAbout Chilli and SaltHow to go food shopping on St HelenaRead More‘Eating Local’Ann’s PlaceThe Sunflower CaféWellington HouseArticle: Salad - A Saint Helena TaleArticle: ‘Local cuisine’, 1998-style

Fishing

Hook, line and sinker

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Climate & CurrentsSo what is caught?HistoryDeclineSport FishingFishing from the rocksInshore FishingThe LawLocal and Scientific namesOffshore SpeciesCommon Inshore SpeciesTarget Inshore SpeciesEndemic Inshore SpeciesRead MoreArticle: A St Helena Fisherman’s Wish Comes TrueArticle: A Monster is Landed“Fish and Fisheries of Saint Helena Island”

Fish Processing

Exploiting our only natural resource

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Early DaysMr Mosely’s curing businessBetween the warsInward InvestorsFisheries Corporation (SHFC)Emperor Brand TunaCrab Fishing - The Oman Sea OneTescoArgos AtlanticFish Processing TodayThe FutureRead MoreArticle: Fire Disaster at the Jubilee Cold StoreArticle: Argos Official Opening“Fish and Fisheries of Saint Helena Island”

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?Which flags are flown at the airport?Other flags and crestsThe motto mysteryRead MoreArticle: Letter to The EditorOur Comment

The Flax Industry

Economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

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HistoryThe industry at workThe processFlax harvesting and processingRope MakingOther imagesRemnants todayRead MoreArticle: Working with Flax RememberedArticle: Green roofs? Tristanians show it’s a matter of flax

Fly here

The fastest way to get here

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Scheduled Commercial Air ServiceSouth Africa - St HelenaSt Helena - Ascension IslandTickets, Etc.Check-in timesOther Airport UsesFly here in your private plane?Medical Evacuation (‘Medevac’)Charter Flights‘Category C’Other Flying ThingsDrone Zones MapSt Helena Airport GamePoemRead MoreArticle: First commercial flight touches down at St HelenaArticle: New Air Link and Luxury Hotel Will Transform Tourism on Tiny, Remote St HelenaEstimated international arrivals

Fly Yourself Here

Open for visitors

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Regulations & Charges‘Category C’ContactFuel AvailableFuel Contact DetailsOther Useful InformationSt Helena Airport GameRead MoreArticle: Travel Broadens the Mind

Forts and Batteries

Defensive military installations

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HistoryGalleryBanks Battery collapse, 2010Read MoreRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Bicentenary of Bunker’s Hill Battery.

Freedom of Information Campaign

It’s about improving the way Government takes decisions

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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 MoreArticle: Secrecy leaves islands at risk of corruption, warns RSPB

Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked QuestionsIndex: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: Can I fly to St Helena?05: Can I still come by ship?06: Do I need a visa and how can I get one?07: Is your money the same as Britain?08: Did I pronounce it right?09: I’m told my mobile ‘phone might not work there. Can this be true?10: Isn’t St Helena the place where Napoleon was exiled/died?11: Will I see a Wirebird while I’m there?12: This website’s logo is a flower - which one?13: How old is Jonathan?14: I’m a journalist writing about St Helena, can I ask you some questions?15: Where can I get up-to-date news about St Helena?16: Can you just give a message to17: The menu’s vanished! Where did it go?18: Do you offer equivalent sites for Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha?19: St Helena sounds idyllic! Why doesn’t everyone want to live there?20: I’ve decided I’m moving to St Helena. Can you help?21: Would you like to buy my product/service? It’s great and22: Can I quote from your site?23: I think there’s an error on one of your pages. What should I do?24: I can’t find what I’m looking for!25: Who uses this site, and for what?26: I have information to contribute to one of your pages. Can I?27: Why are you carrying ads for Viagra/pornographic websites?28: Will you exchange stamps/postcards/banknotes/coins/etc. with me?29: Can you help me research the history of St Helena?30: Can you help me find a pen-pal on St Helena?31: Can you help me find work, set up a business or set up trading links with a St Helena business?32: Can you help with permanent residence in St Helena?33: Can you help me research my family’s history on St Helena?34: Can you help me find a property to rent in St Helena?35: You don’t seem to cover hospitals, police, etc.36: Why don’t you cover ?37: How many ‘Like’s do you have on your Facebook™ page and Followers on your Twitter™ feed?38: You’ve stolen my image/other content!39: Can I advertise on your site?40: Why don’t you put up a daily featured page, like the Wikipedia?41: I love your site! Can I contribute to the running costs?42: Who is behind this site and what are you trying to sell me?Peculiar Questions Asked

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 UnionRead MoreArticle: Disappointing Turnout for WMCA March

Friends of St Helena

Founded in March 1988

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Geology of St Helena

Upon this rock…

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The MythFormationResultant geologyErosion: how we got the current island profile16,000 years agoSeamountsEarthquakesGeology-relatedRock ClimbingSoilMarine Reservoir Corrections: St HelenaPuzzling diagramsRead MoreArticle: St Helena’s Geology Could Solve ‘Controversial’ MysteryYael Engbers’ ReportArticle: It’s not Gold, but it has a value

Get Married Here

…a memorable place

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Anyone can get married here!PhotosSome historyMarriage RecordsRead MoreArticle: Love and JonathanArticle: Same-Sex Marriage - The Facts

Getting Here

How to travel to St Helena

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How to get hereMore ‘creative’ optionsCan I bring my pet dog/cat/parrot/elephant?Travel AdviceMore visitor informationRead MoreArticle: Commercial Service ‘Takes Off’ at St Helena AirportArticle: Tourism

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 SchoolFree MollyKingshurst Community CentreThe Ghosts of Plantation HouseThe mysterious conciergeThe mutineers of Alarm HouseLowry’s CellBishop WelbyThe Phantom ShipBertrand’s CottageGhosts at the CCC?FragmentsSuperstitionsThe Gilly GillyDon’t Salvage StonesSundriesProhibited by law?Read MoreArticle: Remember the gh’oul times - it’s Hallo-scream!

Glossary

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TermsThe 1962 and 1991 filmsThe ArchivesArrackDFIDLegal TenderLighters and TendersOrdinancesPlantersPunch House‘The Records’ScurvyS.H.A.P.E. (SHAPE)‘Swindolena’ or ‘Swindhelena’Article: St Helena expats from ‘Swindolena’ to gather for sports day this weekend‘Town’TungiThe Union Castle LineWindshear

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 PoolPool HistoryA Swimming StoryRead MoreArticle: Jamestown Swimming Pool

Government

For the people, by the people?

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Government TodayThe GovernorLegislative CouncilExecutive Council‘Civil Service’But who really decides?‘SHG’Laws of St HelenaHistoryIndependence?Youth ParliamentDo and Don’t DoWhat SHG controlsRead MoreWikipediaArticle: Executive Council Report, 7th March 2017Article: The reconstitution of the Advisory Council

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 GovernorsDutch occupation governorsEast India Company GovernorsBritish Crown governorsGovernors: AudioGovernor Janisch MemorialThat could have gone betterBe careful where you standBe careful with boatsBe careful what you sayBe careful how you are perceivedOur Next GovernorRead MoreArticle: The first colonial GovernorsArticle: The forgotten Governors of the British EmpireArticle: Governor Underpaid

The Governor’s Cup

Racing to St Helena

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Race HistoryConception2000-201020122014Racing ClassMultihull ClassCruising Class20162018Some of the trophiesHow do the yachts get home ?Read MoreArticle: Curry sauce and choice language: island crew’s race adventure

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

‘Gravity Rush’

It’s all downhill from here

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About Gravity RushGravity Rush 2015Gravity Rush in picturesRead MoreArticle: Gravity Rush - It only rains on special days

The Great Wood Wall

Too little, too late

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History of the wallThe wall todayRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Early History of the Flora & Fauna of St Helena

Guns

Old and older

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IntroductionGuns and their SitesLadder Hill GunsCourthouse CannonsSaddle Battery CannonCastle Entrance MortarsSignal House GunLemon Grove, Sandy Bay CannonSandy Bay Lines‘Long Tom’ gunsLadder Hill FortJamestown LineMunitionsMore gunsSt Helena Armament, 31st March 1823 {4}Dismounted gunsThe Great Gun RescueOlder imagesGuns scrappedWhat do you do with an old gun?Read MoreArticle: The ‘Gunman’ Aims at Ladder HillArticle: Cannonball Stolen and Returned

Half Tree Hollow

Home on the hill

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What’s Here?HistoryRead MoreArticle: A & D’s Mini Mart - Open for Business!

The Heart Shaped Waterfall

For lovers everywhere

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The waterfall itself7 Wonders of St Helena VotingNameBarnes RoadRead MoreArticle: Opening of Heart Shaped Waterfall TrailArticle: Governor’s Letter

High Knoll Fort

Important, in the past and today

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HistoryRough PlanEarly 21st CenturyUse TodayOther Photos7 Wonders of St Helena VotingRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: The ‘Oil Tanker’ is not ready for scuttling

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 MathiesonDr Alexander SchulenburgSt Helena National TrustBloggersOthersSaintsRead MoreWirebird MagazineArticle: A Brief Description of St Helena, 1680

Historic Buildings

A standing reminder

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Buildings MapThe MarketFlax MillsOtherHow buildings changeJackson’s ChemistsThe MalabarRestoration problemsLost and almost-lost BuildingsThe Model Cottage MysteryThe ‘Listing’ systemRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Jamestown is specialArticle: Conservation - Not Preservation

Historic Buildings In Brief - Country

A sample

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Signal HouseBoer CemeteryQuarantine Station, Lemon ValleyBertrand’s CottageThree TanksHay Town HousePrince’s LodgeClifftop HouseFarm LodgeAlarm HouseRead MoreArticle: Dear Editor

Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown

A sample

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The PrisonThe ArchThe Post OfficeForesters’ HallMusk’s BakeryYacht Club HQAssociation Hall1, 2 & 3 Main StreetPoor Society BuildingThe MoonWellington House‘The Standard’Which Graveyard?Read MoreArticle: Archaeological Discovery behind 1, 2, 3 Main St.

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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Portraits of Lt. Gen. John Skelton and his wife Mary Moore Cassamajor SkeltonRead MoreArticle: Atlantic outpost faces a steep challenge to save its past

Historic Picture Gallery

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The PicturesWoodcuts of St Helena?Read MoreArticle: Photographers of St Helena since 1910

Holidays and other festivals

Time to celebrate

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CalendarOther 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!

Houses

A home on the range

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

How Small Is St Helena?

Stand by to be surprised

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122Km²By comparisonRead MoreArticle: A Tiny Dot

Human Rights on St Helena

Working for a fairer St Helena

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What are Human Rights?Developing Human Rights on St HelenaThe 2012 Human Rights Action PlanThe Equality & Human Rights CommissionFree To Be MeContacting the Equality & Human Rights OfficeRead MoreArticle: Human Rights - What does it Mean to You?

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Important People

They made their mark

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George Gabriel Powell (c. 1710-1779)Sir William Webber Doveton (1753-1843)DescendantsSaul 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 MentionsThomas R. BruceRead MoreArticle: A Rich Ancestry on St Helena

Industries

It’s the economy, stupid

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1684: Salt1690: Vin de St Helena1691: Tobacco1774: Whaling1774: Dolphin Fishing1824: Silk Production1856: Postage Stamps1867: Cinchona19th Century: ‘Leaky Ships’1907: Lace1908: Fish Processing & Canning1914: Flax1935: Lily Bulbs1984: Coins1994: Coffee ProductionOthersWhy did they fail?The Future?TourismCannabisRead MoreArticle: Turning Green into Green

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

In This Week

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This week in St Helena’s historyThis Year in past CenturiesThis month in St Helena’s history

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 noteA Constitutional issueRead MoreArticle: An earlier account of the invasion

Island Activities

Things to see or do

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Island History

Read about the history of our island

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Our island’s name

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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 isAbbreviationsMaybe we should adopt another name entirely?Read MoreArticle: Toponymy

Island Structures

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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

Jamestown

Where it all happens

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In briefWhy ‘Jamestown’?A quick guided tourArriving by seaAll visitorsTown PlanClimateBusy and quiet daysHistoryHistory ImagesThe TunnelThen and nowJamestown DistrictIs Jamestown really a ‘city’?Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016Read MoreArticle: Reaction to the ‘Jamestown Vision 2020’.

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 HelenaA few warningsCommon MistakesDon’t lie on your CV!Starting your own businessRead MoreArticle: Irresistible job on sub-tropical isle

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 HouseCurrentPastTortoises are not toys!Important Visitor TipRead MoreGiant tortoise factsShellHead and neckBreathingCirculation and Heat ExchangeHibernationSensesArticle: Love and JonathanArticle: Is world’s oldest tortoise GAY?Article: Meet Jonathan, St Helena’s 182-year-old giant tortoiseMore on JonathanArticle: Jonathan’s birthday what ancient history never taught us

Lace Making

Over 100 years of history

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HistoryLace making todayRead MoreArticle: St Helena Lace & NeedleworkArticle: Jessica March MBE, Lace Maker

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

Lemon Valley

Everything but the lemons

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What’s thereHow to get thereHistoryRead MoreArticle: Lemon Valley buildings uncovered by tidy up

Levelwood

Quiet and rural

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About LevelwoodThe BellstoneThe FutureRead MoreArticle: Long Awaited Grand Opening of the Levelwood Community Centre

Link To Us

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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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Longwood

More than just Napoleon…

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ActivitiesExilesOther historyWirebirdsLongwood in picturesHistoric picturesLongwood GateRead MoreArticle: Party in Paradise

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 MoreHistoric Environment RecordWebsite: Napoleon on Saint HelenaArticle: The man who keeps Napoleon’s memory alive on St HelenaArticle: Could this wallpaper prove that Napoleon was MURDERED?THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF NAPOLEON AND CONFLICTING THEORIES

Lost and almost-lost Buildings

‘In need of some work…’

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Porteous HouseAmerican Consulate BuildingLongwood New HouseThe Longwood WindmillHorse Ridge farmhouseThe Heritage SocietyAlmost lost, but nowRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Letter to the Editor

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 1846Polar Star, 1854From the St Helena Guardian, 1911Others20th Century21st CenturyThe ‘Good Hope Castle’ Fire, 1973Read MoreArticle: I always felt different having no fatherLetter from a Papanui Passenger

Making Ends Meet

Help for those most in need

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AboutWhere does the money come from?Questions - answered!

Maldivia Gardens

Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

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HistoryMaldivia HousePhotographsMaldivia Today

Maps of St Helena

Finding your way around

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Historic mapsFirst-known map of St Helena, 1506.Map by Benjamin Wright, 1598Map by Willem Lodewijcksz, 1598‘Insula d. Helenæ’ by Theodore de Bry, 1601Early 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 1735French map, probably by Jacues-Nicholas Bellin, 1753Map by Lafitte, 1781By W. Innes Pocock, probably 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 mapMap recently for saleRecent island map, c.2000Official tourist map 2014Recent mapsCurrent official tourist mapInteractive 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, 2016Drone Zones Map, 2017Not exactly a map, butThe Middle of the Middle of NowhereSpot the error!Read MoreWhat does Lodewijcksz’s map depict?New maps for St Helena?Not (quite) where we thought it wasSt Helena moves 732 metres on the mapArticle: Mapping a Changing Island

Memories of St Helena

‘Well, back in the day…’

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1970s: ‘Geodetics’ at High Knoll Fort1943: The Guano Trip1968: DWS Posting1878: Mrs Gill, astronomer’s wife1911: Another Papanui Passenger1941: Former Governor’s Tale1939: HMS Neptune and the Cable & Wireless staff1956: An Unexpected Storm1962: Jean Johnston’s Diary1967: DWS postingThe journey to our new homeCommunicationDancing and fishing1944: Poem by servicemen stationed here1933: Mrs. Bolwell, serviceman’s wife1911: Passenger on the SS Papanui1961: Sailor aboard HMS PumaRead MoreBook: Isle of St Helena

The Millennium Forest

Haven’t you grown…

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In the beginningDeclineRe-birth25 YearsActivity ReportsHarford walk through the Millennium ForestSaint Helena Child Plants the FutureYour contribution?Read MoreArticle: St Helena reforestation wins conservation awardWikipedia

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 MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Letter to The EditorArticle: Report of the unveiling

The Mule Yard

No longer a place for donkeys

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Where is it?Why the name?What’s on?Fabulous Fossils Alive at The Mule YardWant to discuss a booking?Read MoreArticle: International Women’s Day Celebrated at the Mule Yard

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 GunsLadder HillThe Portuguese ChapelJoão da Nova’s Seal?St Helena has no golden sandy beachesThe St Helena SecretThe Suez CanalThe ‘Moncat’How St Helena was formedNapoleon MythsHe was shortIn the steps of NapoleonThe Hurricane that accompanied Napoleon’s DeathNapoleon’s CurseNapoleon and JonathanNapoleon’s DeathNapoleon’s PenisNapoleon never gave upSea SerpentsSt Helena ‘la Nouvelle’St Helena’s Discovery DateStay clear of the pool!A story which may or may not be trueOther sundry tales‘Myths’ that turned out to be trueSimple misnomersTrue or myth?Ones we do not believeRead MoreArticle: Who said there were no horses on the Island?

Napoleon

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

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What we all know25 Fascinating FactsHow much of that did you know?Napoleon on St HelenaNapoleon’s last expeditionThe Napoleon codesNapoleon’s DeathEvents on 5th MayBicentenary eventsOther StoriesNapoleon the author‘Rescue’ PlotsThe secret plot to rescue Napoleon by submarine!Napoleon and the rats‘Intriguing Women’Never give up ?Read MoreSourcesWebsite: Napoleon on Saint HelenaArticle: I have enow sleep, I go then finish the night into to cause with youArticle: Napoleon’s Penis

Napoleonic Bicentenary

A reason to celebrate…

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Arrival, 1815/2015Napoleon moves to Longwood HouseLetter of thanks200 years on, Napoleon steps ashore once againNapoleon’s Arrival in St Helena Commemorated at his TombBicentennial CommemorationFrench VisitorsDeath, 1821/2021Read MoreArticle: 200 years of Napoleon - Continuing the legend

Napoleon’s Tomb

But not his final resting place

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The burialEvents on 5th MayRemoval and re-burialRemembranceBicentenary events7 Wonders of St Helena VotingRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordWebsite: Napoleon on Saint HelenaArticle: The Entente Cordiale Alive and WellIn Lego

National Flower

Unique to St Helena

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The flower and its re-discoveryOur previous national flowerHistory of The EbonyRead MoreArticle: The Saint who risked all to rescue a plantArticle: Why we need to celebrate the St Helena EbonyEbony Booklet

Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’

Unofficially, at least

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How it came aboutThe song itselfFor posterityRead MoreArticle: Fascinating facts about 10 national anthems

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

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 achievementsContacts

Our Newspapers

All the week’s news and views

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Our current newspapersThe SentinelContentPublicationHistoryContactsFundingThe IndependentContentPublicationHistoryContactsFundingRegulationBrief history of newspapers on St HelenaIn the beginning‘The Bush Telegraph’The four ‘Wirebird’sThe St Helena News Media Service (SHNMS)and Finally What had been painted?Read MoreArticle: Ready to erupt: Troubled times for St Helena

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

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 moneyIssues with SterlingNote/Coin CollectorsThe golden rule?Should the SHP be scrapped?Read MoreArticle: St Helena’s Forgotten Currency BoardLife before the Currency BoardSt Helena’s high pointSterling holds swayThe Currency Board solutionA good deal all roundInsulated from GovernmentLessons from St Helena‘Money’Answer to how much is: two dolphins, a Jonathan and a tuna?

Observatories

Monitoring and measuring

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AstronomersMagnetic Variations, Tides and WeatherLadder Hill ObservatoryLongwood ObservatoryOther ObservatoriesRead MoreArticle: December’s Night Sky

On This Day

Today, in history

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This day in historySt HelenaIn World HistoryThis Year in past CenturiesThis month in St Helena’s historyRead MoreArticle: Official Advice

Origins of island surnames

How islanders got their family names

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Commonest names and their originsThe first English settlersSaints Around the worldRead MoreArticle: A Rich Ancestry on St Helena

Other Military Sites

…and related places

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Lookout Posts and Signal StationsMessage TransportPicturesAnd moreMilitary HospitalCenotaphJamestown BarracksOthersRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: Sounding the Alarm - From Signal Guns to Mobile Phones

Page History

What joined the site when

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Pantomime

Oh, yes it is…!

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

Photography

Leave only footprints; take only photographs

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Opportunities For PhotographersWhat To BringPhoto examplesImages from various photographersMJ LtdAndrew / Peter NeaumPrize Winner, 2009John Isaac Lilley: our first photographer?Read MoreArticle: How to photograph all of St Helena in one go!That line’s not straightWhy is the horizon bent?What can I do about it?

Picture Gallery

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The Pictures

Pictures

A picture paints a thousand words

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Place Names

Some we can explain; some we can’t

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The ones we can explainand the ones we can’tContradictory names explained?Coastal FeaturesStrange business namesHouse namesEven our island’s name is uncertainSt Helena Island in Scotland, UKRead MoreArticle: Mountains or Molehills over peaks controversy

Plantation House

The Governor’s Residence

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DescriptionToursGroundsGiant TortoisesHistoryThe Forest‘Plantation Notes’Walks around Plantation HouseRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: The truth about the MP who slept rough in the Governor’s garden

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Postage Stamp Images (Static)

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The Images

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 CoversOur first Air-MailHow stamps are issuedStamps with errorsStamp CollectorsSHATPSDon’t break the law!Read MoreOther sourcesArticle: St Helena Postal History 1677-1903

Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

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JamestownNapoleonJacob’s LadderSandy BayBoer PrisonersHeart-Shaped WaterfallGeneralPostcard CollectorsRead MoreArticle: Just by Chance

Quincentenary of St Helena

‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

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Discovery of St HelenaCelebrations in St HelenaIn the UKThe SealSexcentenaryRead MoreArticle: Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002

Quotations

…from other pages

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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 HelenaRead MoreArticle: Letter, 1959

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’Housewives ChoiceStation staff and othersEquipment & TransmissionOutside BroadcastsRadio St Helena DayQSL: nine years late!‘Teabag’Audio ClipsFluffs, and other problemsClosedownMemories of local radio on St HelenaRalph or Tony?The ArchivesFundingRead MoreArticle: Radio St Helena Tapes Being DigitisedArticle: Early Birds - Radio St Helena (1999)Article: Reply to a Reception Report (1985)Article: St Helena Or Bust! (1994)

Our (Other) Railway

Useful; not quite as famous

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Read MoreArticle: A short history of the Desalination Plant

Read articles about St Helena

Articles related to the Island of St Helena

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St Helena expats from ‘Swindolena’ to gather for sports day this weekendRemote St Helena Airport shrugs off ‘World’s Most Useless’ tagSt Helena’s cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armouryNew British postage labels feature ships that have carried the mailEnd of an era as RMS St Helena makes final voyage from Cape TownSt Helena: The island where everyone knows your nameUnusual Coverage!Is world’s oldest tortoise GAY?Napoleon, tourists, divers and flu: flight opens up remote St HelenaFirst commercial flight touches down at St Helena

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Date set for final voyage of last Aberdeen-built shipNew Air Link and Luxury Hotel Will Transform Tourism on Tiny, Remote St HelenaSt 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 communitiesRacing Cook across the South AtlanticFive centuries of seafaringIsolation endsFalling in love with quirky Saint HelenaLeaving celebrationsArrivals and departuresHope for St HelenaThe Bones of St HelenaThe most extraordinary place on Earth?A place of superlativesWonderful weatherIrish doctor on a distant islandAntwerp aviation company organises first commercial flight to Saint HelenaRMS St Helena makes final call to the UKThe £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 ordersSaint 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 Again

Reading Sports

Home from home

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What happens?PhotographsRead MoreArticle: St Helena expats from ‘Swindolena’ to gather for sports day this weekendArticle: UK Saints raise a cap to man who started the Sports55 years of the St Helena Association By Owen George MBEArticle: Postings from Facebook™

The St Helena Regiment

‘The Old Saints’

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BackgroundRegiment HistoryAccommodationUniformNot always best behavedMatthew Carter, soldier, 1842-1847Serving SoldiersRichard FarrellRead MoreSourcesArticle: Historian searches for missing links in Island’s history

Related Sites

Links to useful related sites

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About UsOther sites about St HelenaCommunityLocal BusinessGovernmentOur other sites

Renewable Energy

Being a ‘green’ island

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Progress towards 100% renewable energyOur renewable energy sourcesEnergy saving measuresRead MoreArticle: Tokelau islands shift to solar energy

RMS St Helena

Two remarkable ships: 1978-2018

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The first RMS St Helena, 1978-1990The second RMS St Helena, 1990-2018About the second RMS St HelenaAudioArrival 30th November 1990Our lifeline‘Blowing Off’Disabled Passengers25th AnniversaryEnd of serviceRMS in London, 2016For SaleA last ‘Bon Voyage’Don’t cry for me St HelenaEarlier shipsThe Schooner ‘Saint Helena’Not without incidentFire on the first RMS, November 1984‘Give us an airport, say islanders’‘Mail ship turns back for mail!’Propeller failure, 2017Nearly Never FinishedWhy ‘RMS’Read MoreArticle: St Helena’s cherished lifeline ship to return as anti-piracy armouryArticle: New British postage labels feature ships that have carried the mailArticle: End of an era as RMS St Helena makes final voyage from Cape TownArticle: Date set for final voyage of last Aberdeen-built shipArticle: Royal Mail Ship St Helena to RetireArticle: Royal Mail Ship St Helena - saying farewell to the beating heart of a community

Roads

Take me home…

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Earliest HistoryOut of JamestownCountry RoadsThe state of these roadsNapoleon - good for our roadsNapoleon StreetAfter NapoleonMore exiles; more roadsThe First Motor CarLater 20th CenturyThe Asphalt MachineOur Newest RoadA Mystery Road or TrackRules for Road Users

Rollers

Rough Seas

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The worst sea in recorded historyOther RollersOther Types of RollersRead MoreArticle: Where is this Painting?

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?

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 leisureRupert’s and the slavesI’ve got a lovely bunchAnd our (other) railwayRead MoreArticle: Rupert’s Valley Proposed Landscape DesignsArticle: Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island

Saint FM (2004-2012)

The Heartbeat of St Helena

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HistoryTransmissionProgrammingSaint FM EvacuatedAdvertsThorpe’s advertsOthersPhoto GalleryFundingClosureAudio ClipsRead MoreArticle: After eight combative years, Saint FM drifts into the sunset

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

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

Saints

Maybe it’s a state of mind?

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The Legal DefinitionSaint CultureSaints OverseasWhy ‘Saints’?Where did Saints come from?Will I ever be a Saint?Population GraphicRead MoreFilms by Green RenaissanceThe Doctorate Thesis ‘Spatial identities of the citizens of Saint Helena’ (2002)Article: What makes a Saint?Article: What it means to be a Saint essays

S.A.M.S. Pure Gold

Continuous music

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About S.A.M.S. Pure GoldHistoryTransmissionContactsRegulationRead MoreArticle: S.A.M.S. is changing

S.A.M.S. Radio 1

News, features and entertainment

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About S.A.M.S. Radio 1HistoryProgrammesTransmissionContactsListen LiveFundingRegulationRead MoreArticle: Radio 1 AcademyWeekly Schedule

S.A.M.S. Radio 2

The BBC World Service on FM

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About S.A.M.S. Radio 2HistoryTransmissionContactsFundingRegulationRead MoreArticle: From Our Own Correspondent

Sandy Bay

Let’s go to the beach!

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About Sandy BaySandy Bay BeachDevelopment PlansSandy Bay in picturesThe Lime KilnTopless/Nude SunbathingRead MoreArticle: Treasure Island

Saved Buildings

Almost lost; now restored

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Teutonic HallA new hope?Rock RoseA new beginning?Wranghams, Sandy BayThe Hutt’s Gate StoreRead MoreHistoric Environment RecordArticle: The Old Ways are the Best

St Helena’s Day

Celebrating our island’s discovery

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DiscoveryThe CelebrationsCelebrations OverseasThe PhotographsEvents on 21st MayRead MoreArticle: St Helena Day 198O

‘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

The Seven Wonders of St Helena

Your itinerary?

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The 2018 Seven WondersThe Heart Shaped WaterfallDiana’s PeakJacobs LadderLongwood HouseHigh Knoll FortSwimming with whale sharksJonathan the tortoiseThe 2008 Seven WondersNapoleon’s TombSt. James’ ChurchAppealsRead MoreArticle: ‘Seven Wonders of St Helena Announced’ (2008)

Shopping: What to buy

A bit of St Helena to take home

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Local woodcraftHand-made laceOther items worthy of noteForeign CurrencyShopping - a different experienceEclectic shopsYou don’t even have to land hereAnd finallyRead MoreArticle: No luck in London? Try JamestownArticle: ‘Shopping’ - the memories of Anthony Hopkins from the 1960s.

Our Sister Islands

Part of our Territory

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One of threeAscension IslandTristan da CunhaOne that got awayRead MoreArticle: Tristan da Cunha

Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

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Slavery on St Helena, until August 1834OriginsThe ‘Slave Laws’Property, not peopleMoving towards emancipationA few statistics:Slave owners identifiedEmancipationSt Helena and the liberation of African slavesThe slave gravesSummary of Island response On the Future of the Liberated African Remains Removed from Rupert’s ValleyThe effects of slavery on St Helena todayRead MoreArticle: Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote islandArticle: The Bones of St Helena

Slide Show

Automated picture show in random sequence

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Speak Saint

Understand what Saints are saying

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Understanding spoken SaintPronunciationWord usagePhrasesTuning inTry for yourselfRegional dialectsSo how will you communicate?Beware what you say‘Speaking Saint’ - the booksAnd finally, a cautionary taleRead MoreArticle: The English of ‘Saints’

Sport in St Helena

Playing the game

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FootballJunior FootballSchool FootballCricketGolfMoto-CrossMountain BikingPaintballOther SportsRock ClimbingInternational EventsOther sports?Sport ‘in the before days’Read MoreArticle: The exciting future of football on the island of Saint Helena

St. James’ Church

The oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere

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Tower / Spire / Neither / SpireThe original towerThe first spireThe current spire, erected September 2016The OrganOther viewsAn American Altar?All creatures, great and smallWhy was St. Paul’s the Cathedral?Read MoreArticle: Surprise Package

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Important, but with humble beginnings

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HistoryThe Cathedral TodayThe Bell and the ‘experts’Memorial StonesWhy was St. Paul’s the Cathedral?Read MoreArticle: Moonlight Stroll

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

Time

Everything on St Helena starts 20 minutes late

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Official TimeEffective TimeTelling the timeBut why bother?Are the flights on time?Historical TimekeepingThe Time BallOther time signalsA ‘noonday gun’?Daylight Saving TimeRead MoreArticle: Still Ticking After All These Years

Titbits from the records

To amuse and inform

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The long arm of the law12th April 168022nd June 16869th July 16882nd June 169231st March 17036th November 17164th January 172513th March 171929th September 174513th December 177911th July 178113th July 178515th July 178915th January 1800‘Riding the Wooden Horse’OtherHealthcare30th May 171014th March 171516th March 1736Until recentlyEquality & 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 17177th January 174220th May 180523rd October 18091st October 1828Read MoreArticle: Archive To ArchiveNote:

Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

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Today’s Contemporary ImageToday’s Historic Image

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

Unrest and Rebellion

We’re not gonna take it!

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Governor Coney, 1672Governor Keigwin, 1674The ‘Dennison Mutiny’, 1684The ‘Jackson Mutiny’, 1693The ‘Arrack Rebellion’, 1783The ‘Spirits Rebellion’, 1811Demanding Democracy, 1950 sThe ‘Riot’, 1996SHELCO protest, 2003More recent demonstrationsRead MoreArticle: Editorial

Updated This Release

For the record

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A Very Brief History

The most important bits

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A Very Brief History of St Helena

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 EmergencyOtherEnvironmentMoneyOfficial Tourist BrochuresVisiting in the 1870sA longer stay?Read MoreArticle: Napoleon, tourists, divers and flu: flight opens up remote St HelenaArticle: Ship out to isolated St Helena before the planes land

Walking St Helena

Well off the beaten track

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Walks for all tastesSome suggestionsPost Box WalksWalking TipsFestival of WalkingWalks around Plantation HouseRead MoreA personal hiking diaryTourism BrochureArticle: A Journey to Lot’s Wife’s PondsArticle: Opening of Heart Shaped Waterfall Trail

Weather and climate

Be prepared!

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SunWindRainSeasonsIf you like your information diagrammatically:Expected weatherCurrent weatherOur Meteorological StationIn more technical termsUnexpected weatherThings we don’t getThunder & Lightning’Rollers’The aliens are coming!It never rainsHypothermia. On St Helena?Read MoreArticle: Four seasons in one day - Winter in St Helena and El NiñoArticle: Stunning Cloud Swirls Spotted by SatelliteImage 1Image 2Image 3Image 4Image 5The shortest and longest days

Whaling

‘Thar she blows!’

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A whaler’s paradiseGrowthDeclineEcological ImpactRead MoreArticle: Extracts from the log of Dr Franklin, an American whalerSaturday 14th March 1857Sunday 15thThursday 19thSunday 22ndWednesday 25thSaturday 28thTuesday 31stWednesday 1 st, April fools day

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 LadderWatch dolphins on a boat trip 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 suggestionsTips for ExploringRead MoreArticle: Celebrating St Helena

Where is St Helena?

How to find St Helena on a map

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Where in the world is St HelenaFirst MapHow to get hereBritish Overseas TerritoryShipping LanesRead MoreNot (quite) where we thought it wasSt Helena moves 732 metres on the mapSt Helena is

Where To Stay

Some advice for first-time visitors

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Types of accommodationLocation, Location, LocationJamestownHalf Tree HollowSt Paul’sAlarm ForestLongwoodLevelwood, Sandy Bay, Blue HillCan you camp?Where you can’t stayFamous Visitors, exiles, etc.Useful linksRead MoreComments by a visitor in 1795

White Ants

A pest by any other name…

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TermitesTermite FactsOther ‘White Ants’Read MoreArticle: Boffin’s gut feeling in bio-fuel questNot just here.And finally

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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A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

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Why Visit?TipsSome StatisticsIn Emergency‘Ann’s Place’Racing & RalliesThe Governor’s Cup Yacht RaceWorld Arc RallyThe St Helena HighRead MoreArticle: the trip up from Cape TownArticle: Ready Set Sail in St Helena

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Mystery Helicopter - Resolved!Our original queryResponsesOld photographsAn End to Isolation

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