Site Index

Help locating pages on this site

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

All the pages on the site, in alphabetic order of page title

Saint Helena Island Info will not work fully because Javascript is not enabled in your browser.

A • B • C • D • E • F • G • H • I • J • L • M • N • O • P • Q • R • S • T • U • V • W • Y • Z




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 • Updates and Site History • Regulation • Beware of impostors! • ‘What the Saints did next ’ • Technical Information • Who is ‘we’? • Read More

Page Image


In the top 15% globally

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

Page Image

Alarm Forest

The place to live

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

Page Image

Amateur (‘Ham’) Radio


History • The radio scene today • World War 2 • World Amateur Radio Day • Read More

Page Image


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 • International Artist’s Day

Page Image

Ascension Island

One of our sister islands

One of three • About Ascension Island • One that got away

Page Image


Dark skies, warm nights

Light Pollution • Other advantages • Walking in the footsteps • The Night Sky • The Southern Cross • Read More

Page Image

Attacking the Slave Trade

St Helena’s part in ending the International Slave Trade

Context • The Vice-Admiralty Court • Life after ‘liberation’ • The Slave Graves • Slavery Commemorations • Read More

Page Image

Audio Index

All our sound clips

Page Image

Bees and Beekeeping

…and don’t forget the honey

History • Beekeeping today • Honey Import Ban • If you discover a swarm • Fascinating Bee Facts • World Bee Day • Read More

Page Image

Before Discovery

Why did it take until 1502?

Early European Explorers • Sailing to The Cape • ‘Stone Age’ Inhabitant(s)? • Read More

Page Image

Betsy Balcombe

Napoleon’s Friend

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

Page Image


Masters of the air

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

Page Image


Writing about St Helena

“Visitor” Blogs • History Blogs • Other Blogs • Any more? • Read More

Page Image

The ‘Blue Book’

The Annual Colonial Report

The what? • Useful because • And today?

Page Image

Blue Hill

Not many have been there

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

Page Image

Blue Magic (band)

Rock, Blues, Reggae

About Blue Magic • Read More

Page Image

Boer PoWs

Home-from-home? Not really…

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

Page Image

The Briars Pavilion

Napoleon’s Other House

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

Page Image

Bridge Memorial Clock

Tick Tock

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

Page Image

A Brief History

How we got to here

Pre-Discovery • Discovery • Early History • 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

Page Image

Bring back Aishah and Faris

They have a right to see their mother

What happened • What can I do?

Page Image

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

Page Image


Fun in the sun

What happens for Carnival • Images of Carnival • Read More

Page Image

The Castle

The most important of the Public Buildings

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

The Castle of Otranto

A puzzling name

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

Page Image

Characters of St Helena

Eccentric? Colourful? Mad? You decide…

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

Page Image


A great time to be here

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

Page Image


Search our events database

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

Page Image

Churches of St Helena

And other religious buildings

Important Churches • Other religious buildings • Churchyards • The Portuguese Chapel, Jamestown • A curious bell • Related buildings • Gravestones and memorial windows • Religion on St Helena • Read More

Page Image


Let’s go to a movie

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

Page Image

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 - the Artificial Reef • Dreams • Want to buy one? • Some older cars • Project? • Read More

Page Image

St Helena Coffee

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

The history of our coffee • St Helena coffee today • Protected Coffee? • International Coffee Day • Read More

Page Image


Getting the message

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

Page Image

The Community Development Organisation

Supporting the island’s community groups

About The Community Development Organisation • Contacts:

Page Image

Community Pages

It’s what’s happening…

The Pages • Others • Sectors • Community Days

Page Image

Comparative History

Here and there

Our Comparative History

Page Image

Configure This Site

Saint Helena Island Info À La Carte

Parameters • Your Feedback

Page Image

Our Constitution

Our supreme legislative document

What it is • Changes Needed • How is our Constitution revised? • Read More

Page Image

Contact Us

Ways to get in touch

Contact Options • Meet us in person

Page Image

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) • Bringing or buying a vehicle • Will I ever be a Saint? • Read More

Page Image

Country Music

Keepin’ it country…

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

Page Image

Creative Saint Helena

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

About Us • IN+VENTIVE • Books • Contact

Page Image


Thank you all

Credits to contributors

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Dead Links

Gone Away?

Dead Links

Page Image

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

Page Image

Diana’s Peak

Our highest point

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image


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

Page Image

Dolphin watching

And other marine activities

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

Page Image


The former backbone of island transport

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

Page Image

Do they mean us?

Some poorly researched pieces to amuse

Santa Elena • 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

Page Image


An index to referenced documents

Search downloads • Icon Index • Docs 1 • Docs 2 • 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 • Index of Videos

Page Image

Driving in St Helena

Keep left…almost always

Your vehicle • Driving Technique • 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 - the Artificial Reef • Jamestown Parking Proposals, November 2016 • And finally • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image

The Early Years

Before colonisation

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

Page Image

Easter Activities

Fishing and camping

Maundy Thursday Fishing • Camping • Read More

Page Image

The East India Company

John, to its friends

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

Page Image


The Three ‘R’s

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

Page Image

Endemic Species

They only live here

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

Page Image

Error Page

The page you requested could not be found

Overview of this site

Page Image


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

Page Image


Not all our visitors wanted to be here!

Fernão Lopez (c.1516-1545) • Napoleon Bonaparte (1815-1821) • Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo (1890-1897) • Boer PoWs (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

Page Image

Exploring Space

To the stars and beyond

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

Page Image

Family And Friends

How to find people on St Helena

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

Page Image

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 Eugénie • 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 • Infamous visitors? • Read More

Page Image

The First Battle For St Helena?

Well, maybe…

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

Page Image

Fishcakes, and other food

A taste of St Helena

Recipes • How to go food shopping on St Helena • Restaurants • World Food Day • Read More

Page Image


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 • St Helena Commercial Fishermen’s Association • Read More

Page Image

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 • Government Ownership • The Future • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image

The Flax Industry

phormium tenax, economic lifeline or ecological disaster?

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

Page Image

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 • Fake Telephone • Read More

Page Image

Fly Yourself Here

Open for visitors

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

Page Image

Forgotten Colony (band)

Two friends stranded

About • Who • Caught in a Moment • Latest Information

Page Image

Forts and Batteries

Defensive military installations

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

Page Image

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? • International Right to Know Day • Read More

Page Image

Frequently Asked Questions about St Helena

And other useful information

The Frequently Asked Questions • Peculiar Questions Asked

Page Image

Frequently Asked Questions about this site

And other useful information

The Frequently Asked Questions

Page Image

The Friendly Societies

Lending a hand

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

Page Image

Friends of St Helena

Founded in March 1988


Page Image


Places and structures

The Index

Page Image

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

Page Image

Get Married Here

A unique venue

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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 • World Paranormal Day • Read More

Page Image


Terms used

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

Page Image

Go Swimming!


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

Page Image


For the people, by the people?

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

The Governor’s Hat

If you want to get ahead…

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

Page Image

‘Gravity Rush’

It’s all downhill from here

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

Page Image

The Great Wood Wall

Too little, too late

History of the wall • The wall today • Read More

Page Image


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

Page Image

Half Tree Hollow

Home on the hill

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

Page Image

The Heart Shaped Waterfall

For lovers everywhere

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

Page Image

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?

Page Image

High Knoll Fort

Important, in the past and today

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Historic Buildings In Brief - Jamestown

A sample

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

Page Image

The Historic Environment Record

A catalogue…

About • Built Heritage Report • Replacing Crallan • See The HER • Read More

Page Image

Historic Picture Gallery

Thumbnails to expand

The Pictures • Woodcuts of St Helena? • Read More

Page Image

Holidays and other festivals

Time to celebrate

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

Page Image


A home on the range

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

Page Image

How Small Is St Helena?

Stand by to be surprised

122Km² • By comparison • Read More

Page Image

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 • Celebrations • Read More

Page Image

Image Search

Find images on our site


Page Image

Important Information

Legal and technical

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

Page Image

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

Page Image


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’ • Late 19th Century: Coal • 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

Page Image

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

Page Image

In This Month

This month’s events and anniversaries

Annual events this month • Events this month • This Month in World History

Page Image

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

Page Image


All about St Helena, in the South Atlantic Ocean

Overview of this site

Page Image


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

Page Image

Island Activities

Things to see or do

Tips for Exploring • The Island Activities Pages • Read More

Page Image

Island History

The history of our island

The Island History Pages • Read More

Page Image

Island Information

Our island

The Island Information Pages

Page Image

Island Nature

Our island’s natural environment

The Island Nature Pages

Page Image

Island People

The people of, and related to, our island

The Island People Pages • Read More

Page Image

Island Pictures

A picture paints a thousand words

The Pages

Page Image

Island Places

Places on our island

The Island Places Pages

Page Image


All around us

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

Page Image

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? • and this site’s name? • Read More

Page Image

Island Structures

Our buildings and other structures

The Island Structures Pages

Page Image

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 • Seven Wonders of St Helena Voting • Read More

Page Image


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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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? • Not a Turtle • Other giant tortoises at Plantation House • Tortoises are not toys! • Important Visitor Tip • Read More

Page Image

Lace Making

Over 100 years of history

History • Lace making today • Read More

Page Image

The Leisure Park

Eat, drink and be merry

What’s There? • History

Page Image

Lemon Valley

Everything but the lemons

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

Page Image


Quiet and rural

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

Page Image

Link To Us

We’d appreciate it

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

Page Image


Isn’t that everything?


Page Image


More than just Napoleon…

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

Page Image

Longwood House

Napoleon’s residence

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

Page Image

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 Taxi Building’ • What Was This? • The Heritage Society • Almost lost, but now • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image

Making Ends Meet

Help for those most in need

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

Page Image

Maldivia Gardens

Fruit, flowers and much more…formerly

History • Maldivia Today • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image

Memories of St Helena

‘Well, back in the day…’

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

Page Image

The Millennium Forest

Haven’t you grown…

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

The Mule Yard

No longer a place for donkeys

Where is it? • Why the name? • What’s on? • Read More

Page Image

Myths Debunked!

Everybody knows that…

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

Page Image


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

Page Image

Napoleonic Bicentenary

Time to remember…

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

Page Image

Napoleon’s Tomb

But not his final resting place

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

Page Image

National Flower

Unique to St Helena

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

Page Image

Our national song, ‘My St Helena Island’

Unofficially, at least

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

Page Image

National Symbols

Official and otherwise

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Our Newspapers

All the week’s news and views

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

Page Image


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

Page Image

Notes and Coins of St Helena

Money, Money, Money

Current Circulating Coins • Commemorative Coins • Current Banknotes • History • Coins in popular culture • Other money • Read More

Page Image


Monitoring and measuring

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Other Military Sites

…and related places

Lookout Posts and Signal Stations • And more • Read More

Page Image

Page History

What joined the site when

Pages by creation date • Recent Updates

Page Image

Page Updates History

In case anyone needs to know

The Items

Page Image


Oh, yes it is…!

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

Page Image


Leave only footprints; take only photographs

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

Page Image

Picture Gallery

Thumbnails to expand

The Pictures

Page Image

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

Page Image

Plantation House

The Governor’s Residence

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Postcards of St Helena

Old…and older

Jamestown • Napoleon • Jacob’s Ladder • Sandy Bay • Boer PoWs • Heart Shaped Waterfall • General • 2011 Set • Postcard Collectors • Read More

Page Image

Problem Animals

A bit of a nuisance

No Snakes • Centipedes • Scorpions • Spiders • Mosquitoes • Buzzy Things • Other bugs • Gallery • Larger nuisances • Read More

Page Image

Quick Facts

St Helena In Brief

Read More

Page Image

Quincentenary of St Helena

‘Looking Up - Looking Forward’

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

Page Image


…from other pages

The Quotes

Page Image

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

Page Image

Radio St Helena

The voice of the island for 45 years

The DWS tests • The ‘St Helena Government Broadcasting Station’ - a.k.a. ‘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 • The Archives • Memories of local radio on St Helena • Ralph or Tony? • Funding • Read More

Page Image

Our (Other) Railway

Useful; not quite as famous

History • Read More

Page Image

Read articles about St Helena

Articles about St Helena

The island where isolation is part of everyday life • Whale sharks may live up to a century, Cold War bomb dating reveals • A dot in the Atlantic • St Helena: An island apart • I Sailed Twenty Thousand Miles to Swim With Whale Sharks • Genomes trace origins of enslaved people who died on remote island • A geographic absurdity • 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 • UN World Book Day • Read More

Page Image

Read articles about St Helena (Older)

Older articles about St Helena

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! • 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 • A St Helena Fisherman’s Wish Comes True • Sailing to Saint Helena - one of the world’s most remote communities • 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

Page Image

Reading Sports

Home from home

What happens? • Photographs • Read More

Page Image

The St Helena Regiment

‘The Old Saints’

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

Page Image

Related Sites

Links to useful related sites

Page Image

Renewable Energy

Being a ‘green’ island

Our current renewable energy sources • Energy saving measures • Progress towards 100% renewable energy • Cut Your Energy Costs Day • Connect Saint Helena Ltd. • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image


Take me home…

Earliest History • Napoleon - good for our roads • After Napoleon • More exiles; more roads • The First Motor Car • Later 20th Century • Roundabouts and other traffic-control systems • The Asphalt Machine • Our Newest Road • A Mystery Road or Track • Rules for Road Users • World Bicycle Day • Read More

Page Image


Rough Seas

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

Page Image


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

Page Image

The Run

A long, thin park

Route • Use today • History • Read More

Page Image


So near, and yet so far

Why ‘Ruperts’ • What’s in Ruperts • The New Jetty • Always a place for leisure • Ruperts and the slaves • I’ve got a lovely bunch • Isolation • And our (other) railway • 2020 Development Plans • Read More

Page Image

SaintFM (2004-2012)

The Heartbeat of St Helena

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

Page Image

SaintFM Community Radio

News, features and entertainment

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

Page Image

Saint Helena

She gave our island her name

Who was Saint Helena? • Feast day of Saint Helena • Other information • And why is our island named after her? • Read More

Page Image


Maybe it’s a state of mind?

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

Page Image

S.A.M.S. Pure Gold

Continuous music

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Sandy Bay

Let’s go to the beach!

About Sandy Bay • Sandy Bay Beach • Stay here? • Sandy Bay in pictures • History • The ‘Gorilla’s Head’ • Topless/Naked/Nude Sunbathing • Read More

Page Image

Saved Buildings

Almost lost; now restored

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

Page Image

St Helena’s Day

Celebrating our island’s discovery

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

Page Image


Fairy Terns… and others

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

Page Image

The St Helena Secret

A complete failure!

The plan • The reality

Page Image

The Seven Wonders of St Helena

Your itinerary?

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

Page Image


Mentioned on these pages

The Index • HMS Waterwitch • World Maritime Day • Read More

Page Image

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 • The Arts & Crafts Association • Read More

Page Image

Our Sister Islands

Part of our Territory

About Our Sister Islands • One that got away

Page Image

Slavery on St Helena

St Helena was largely built on slave labour

Origins • The ‘Slave Laws’ • Property, not people • Accommodation • Maintaining the stock • Towards emancipation • Statistics: • Slave owners identified • Emancipation • Slavery Commemorations • Read More

Page Image

Slaves and slavery

Part of what makes us what we are

Two Phases • Effects on St Helena today • Slavery Commemorations • Read More

Page Image

Slide Show

Automated current image show

Read More

Page Image

Slide Show, Historic

Automated historic image show

Skelton Portraits • Read More

Page Image

Sounds of St Helena

Hear the island

Contemporary Sounds • Other Sounds

Page Image

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

Page Image

Sport in St Helena

Playing the game

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

Page Image

St. James’ Church

The oldest Anglican church in the Southern Hemisphere

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

Page Image

St. Matthew’s Church

At the junction

The First Building • The Current Building

Page Image

St Pauls

The Heartland of St Helena

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Subject Index

These are the pages you are searching for

The Index

Page Image


All the world’s a stage

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

Page Image


Everything starts 20 minutes late

Official Time • Effective Time • Telling the time • Historical Timekeeping • Daylight Saving Time • ‘Tick Tock Day’ • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image

Today’s Images

Look at what we feature

Today’s Contemporary Image • Today’s Historic Image

Page Image

Tristan da Cunha

One of our sister islands

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

Updated This Release

For the record

Pages by date last updated • Recent Updates

Page Image

A Very Brief History

The most important bits

A Very Brief History of St Helena

Page Image

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! • Districts • Where to stay • Tips and tricks when here • Environment • Money • Official Tourist Brochures • Visiting in the 1870s • A longer stay? • Read More

Page Image

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

Page Image


Have a drink!

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

Page Image

Weather and climate

Be prepared!

Sun • Wind • Rain • Seasons • Expected weather • Current weather • In more technical terms • Trade Wind or Winds • Unexpected weather • World Meteorological Day • Read More

Page Image

Whale Sharks

Fun to swim with!

About • Swimming with Whale Sharks • Read More

Page Image


‘Thar she blows!’

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

Page Image

What To Do

The essential things

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

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

Page Image

White Ants

A pest by any other name…

Termites • Another theory • Other ‘White Ants’ • Read More

Page Image

The Wirebird

St Helena Plover Charadrius Sanctaehelenae

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

Page Image


A convenient stopover in the South Atlantic

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

Page Image


Anything that didn’t fit in elsewhere

Why is this page called ‘Zzyzx’? • Lemons • Crime of the week!

Page Image

Site Index | Copyright © John Turner

[an error occurred while processing this directive]