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Issue 37 - Autumn 2008 (Special Issue: St Helena Family History)

A.H. Schulenburg: Biography: Capt. Matthew Bazett (d.1719)
Ian Bruce: Biography: Thomas R. Bruce – The Life of a Saint (1862-1956)
Neil Walklate: Biography: William Thomas of Coity, Wales, and St Helena (1797-1829)

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Issue 36 - Spring 2008

A.H. Schulenburg: Book Reviews: “The Bennett Letters: A 19th Century Family in St Helena, England and Cape Town” by Colin Fox; “Fernao Lopes – A South Atlantic Robinson Crusoe” by Beau W. Rowlands,
Vince Thompson: St Helena’s Millennium Forest: A Symbol of the Fight to Defend Fragile Eco-Systems (reforestation of part of the Great Wood area)
Trevor W. Hearl: Australia’s First Fleet: A St Helena Sequel (description of St Helena in 1792 by Lieut. Bradley on HMS Sirius on homeward voyage after shipping first batch of convicts to Australia)
Ian Bruce: Robert Bruce: Memories of the Early Island Civil Service (article published in an American newspaper in the 1930s)
Bill Beattie: The Loss of the SS Papanui, 1911: A Letter (from a passenger en-route to Australia)

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Issue 35 - Autumn 2007

Vince Thompson: The St Helena Wirebird: The Island’s Only Endemic Bird is Now a Critically Endangered Species
Ian Mathieson: St Helena Parallels with El Hierro in the Canary Islands (economic differences between the two islands)
A.H. Schulenburg: CD Review: St Helena -1962 by Charles Frater
Eunice Shanahan: Napoleon on HMS Bellerophon and HMS Northumberland: A Letter
Stephen A. Royle: A ‘Wicked’ Design: The St Helena Slave Rebellion of 1695
Simon Levell: Potato Patch Pedal Power: Exploring Tristan da Cunha by Bicycle

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Issue 34 - Spring 2007

Trevor W. Hearl: How Secure Was St Helena in 1815? (commentary on James Johnson’s description of St Helena as a secure place to hold Napoleon)
Trevor W. Hearl: St Helena – An Economic Snapshot (past attempts by UK administrators to achieve viable economy for the island)
Lord Beaumont of Whitley: Correspondence (a tribute to Trevor Hearl)
Dorothy Evans: Obituary: A Tribute for Trevor Hearl
Dan Yon: Obituary: For Trevor Hearl
Angela Wigglesworth: Obituary: Tony Cross and Trevor Hearl – A Tribute
Colin Fox: Obituary: Trevor Hearl
Lawson Henry: Obituary: Trevor Hearl
Basil George: Obituary: Trevor Hearl – A Tribute
Michael D. Mueller: Obituary: Trevor Hearl: Teacher, Historian, and Pianist
Trevor W. Hearl: John Charles Melliss, 1835-1910
Andrew Bell: The Birth of St Helena’s Own Shipping Service (description of events leading to Curnow Shipping winning contract to operate St Helena’s shipping link)

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Issue 33 - Autumn 2006

Bill Clements: Second World War Defences on St Helena (includes description of the armaments removed from the island and those still remaining)
Beau W. Rowlands: The BOU checklist The Birds of St Helena – an update on birds, and relevant ships’ movements, 1942 and 1944 (new St Helena birds listed by British Ornithologist’s Union; tracing WWII ship movements from records held by Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury)
A.H. Schulenburg: Book Review: “RMS St Helena and the South Atlantic Islands” by Robert A. Wilson
A.H. Schulenburg: A Brief History of Cinema on St Helena (covers the period between early 1900s to 1980s)
A.H. Schulenburg: The St Helena Tea-Gardens, London (description of tavern/tea-garden near Royal Dock Yard in Southwark on Corbets/Cobbets Lane, today known as St Helena Road.
Beau W. Rowlands: Fernao Lopes – a South Atlantic ‘Robinson Crusoe’
Charles Dickens: Pictures from Italy: ‘The Death of Napoleon’ (description of play seen in Genoa in 1844-5)

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Issue 32 - Spring 2006

A.H. Schulenburg: Book Review: “St Helena: The Forgotten Island” by Quentin Keynes
Diocese of St Helena Day (special Festival Day to be held at St Woolos Cathedral, Newport)
Myrtle & Philip Ashmole: Ecological Restoration on St Helena: Diana’s Peak National Park and the Millennium Forest (progress achieved over last 15 years in protecting endemic plant and insect population
Myrtle & Philip Ashmole: Discovery of the Endemic Invertebrates of St Helena and ‘The Belgians’ (description of past surveys and alleged extinction of species through over-collection of samples)
Correspondence: (reaction to comments made about Parliamentary errors about St Helena in Issue 31)
A.H. Schulenburg: ‘To Be Sold & Let – Slaves’: Reclaiming an Icon of St Helena’s Shameful Past (widely featured public notice shown to be 1829 slave sale at Jamestown under the trees in front of The Cannister)
Simon Levell: A Week of Highs and Lows: Cycling Round St Helena – Part 2

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Issue 31 - Autumn 2005

A.H. Schulenburg: Confusion at Westminster or ‘Broad Bottom Airport’ and the ‘Firebird’ (Parliamentary confusion about the identity of St Helena’s endemic bird and the location of the proposed airport)
Beau W. Rowlands: The Tristan da Cunha Discovery Fleet, 1506, and a Suggested Exact Date of Discovery
John Turner: Letter From St Helena (working from the top floor of the Post Office)
A.H. Schulenburg: DVD Review: “RMS St Helena: A South Atlantic Voyage” by Gisela Kraus & Gunther Benze
A.H. Schulenburg: The St Helena Independent (launch of newspaper in November 2005)
Roger Leighton: New Members (impressions of St Helena by Graham & Sylvia Evans)
Simon Levell: A Week of Highs and Lows: Cycling Round St Helena – Part 1

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Issue 30 - Spring 2005

Myrtle Ashmole: Endemic Invertebrates, the Airport and the St Helena Environment Charter (description of past studies of endemic invertebrates, their disappearance and impact of new airport)
A.H. Schulenburg: Book reviews: “Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002 ” by David Smallman; “The Proud and the Passionate” by Robert MacMillan Robertson
Trevor W. Hearl: ‘Derby Days’ at Deadwood: Highlights of Horse-racing at St Helena – Part 2 (horse-racing during the Napoleonic and a later period)
The Return of the Martin Guerre of St Helena: from the Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1825 (case in which fraudster who robbed woman after convincing her he was her son from St Helena)
J. Hale: Correspondence (comment on ownership of RMS St Helena)
Sergio Ghione: Memories of St Helena – Part 2
Robin Gill: How far is St Helena from the Gates of Trafalgar? (Midshipman Horatio Nelson’s visit to St Helena in 1776)

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Issue 29 - Autumn 2004

Dorothy Evans: Book review: “St Helena: One Man’s Island” by Ian Baker
Beau W. Rowlands: Errata to Wirebird No 28, “Ships at St Helena, 1502-1613”
Trevor W. Hearl: ‘Derby Days’ at Deadwood: Highlights of Horse-racing at St Helena – Part 1 (horse-racing during the Napoleonic and an earlier period)
Sergio Ghione: Memories of St Helena – Part I
Roger Leighton: Members New and Old
Curnow Shipping Fraud Case: (accusations that former executives of Curnow Shipping conspired to defraud St Helena Line Ltd collapse in a court case)
Owen George: Reflections on a Visit to St Helena (edited draft of address given at the 2004 AGM)

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Issue 28 - Spring 2004

St Helena Government/ DfID: Air Access Updates (rejection of four outline proposals to develop air access to St Helena and background briefing by Sharon Wainright, Air Access Project Coordinator
A.H. Schulenburg: Book review: Ben Fogle, “The Teatime Islands: Journeys to Britain’s Faraway Outposts”
Trevor W. Hearl: Book review: Neil McCulloch, “A Guide to the Birds of St Helena and Ascension Island”
A.H. Schulenburg: Recent Books of Interest (“Tristan da Cunha: History, People, Language” by Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier/ “Isolation and Language Sociohistorical Evidence from Tristan” by Daniel Schreier/ “Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002″/ “Journal of Historical Geography”, Vol.29
A.H. Schulenburg: Community, Dependency, Migration: Historical Observations on Contemporary St Helena Problems (analysis of dependency by Crown Commissioners in 1834/5 before coming under Crown control /post Crown control emigration patterns/ suggestions for mass emigration from island in 1715 and 1936
Peter Ellis: Australia via St Helena, 1911 (letter from a passenger of the SS Papanui destroyed by fire off Jamestown)
Trevor W. Hearl: Obituary: Miss Clarice Chapman, 1926-2004
‘A person late of this Island’: Lines Written on the Island of St Helena (poem originally published in 1810)
A.H. Schulenburg: Review essay: The St Helena Monograph Project (comments about and criticism of a planned series of monographs by Robin Taylor about St Helena)
Beau W. Rowlands: Ships at St Helena, 1502-1613 (an analysis of the earliest Portuguese ships and captains)

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