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Issue 27 - Autumn 2003

A.H. Schulenburg: Book Reviews: “The Monsters of St Helena” by Brooks Hansen / “Turtle Island: A journey to Britain’s Oldest Colony” by Sergio Ghione
A.H. Schulenburg: Recent Books of Interest (“Scanty Particulars”: The life of Dr James Barry” by Rachel Holmes / “Outpost: Journeys to the surviving relics of the British Empire” by Simon Winchester / “The Pirate Hunter: The true story of Captain Kidd” by Richard Zacks
Trevor W. Hearl: Some ‘Anglo-Indian’ and other Memorials at St Helena (a description of headstones at St James Church Garden, Knollcombes, Jamestown Baptist church, St Matthews, St James, St Paul’s and lack of a memorial at Ruperts Bay
Ian Mathieson: Obituary: Quentin Keynes, 1921-2003
A.H. Schulenburg: News in Brief – Appointment of new governor (of Michael Clancy)/St Helena Link (Management of Education Support Programme taken on by Centre for International Development and Training, Wolverhampton
Roy A. Rickard: A Comedy of Errors or The Pitfalls of Genealogy (disproving family tradition that ancestor served as a soldier guarding Napoleon)
Roger Jones: British Parliamentarians visit St Helena
A.H. Schulenburg: The Parliamentarian and the Civil Servant: Two Views of St Helena in the 1950s (contrasting portrayals of St Helena in reports by Cledwyn Hughes MP and by Aaron Emanuel from the Colonial Office)

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Issue 26 - Spring 2003

Trevor W. Hearl: In search of the St Helena Magazine – Part 2 (description of the St Helena (Diocesan) Magazine and its importance in documenting the island over the first half of the 20th century
The St James’ Restoration Action Group: (extract from a leaflet published by the Action Group)
Frances Marks: Promoting Biodiversity Conservation in the UK’s Overseas Territories
Derek A. Bell: Correspondence (description of St Helena Regiment’s uniform)
A.H. Schulenburg: Aspects of the Lives of the ‘Liberated Africans’ on St Helena (religious conversion/physical recovery of slaves/recruitment as troops/employment and settlement/disturbance of Ruperts Bay graves)
Stephen A. Royle: I was a Foreign Office Consultant: Big fish on a small island or catching wahoo off Ascension (description of one-month visit)

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Issue 25 - Autumn 2002 (Special Issue: The New St Helena Museum)

Trevor W. Hearl: In search of the St Helena Magazine – Part 1 (description of the St Helena (Diocesan) Magazine and its importance in documenting the island over the first half of the 20th century)
Trevor W. Hearl: Court Circular: Princess Royal at St Helena (diary of Princess Anne’s visit, November 2002)
Gay Denbow: A new home for the Museum: the Old Power House (record of work since March 2000)
Comments from the Museum Visitor& Book (567 comments left on the day of opening and 586 over next 9 weeks)
Sarah Holland: Creating the ‘Nuseum’ (new nickname given to new museum)
Dorothy Evans: Education, young people and the Museum (description from an educational perspective)
Colin Dawes: Museums are forever . . . (background to the planning of the museum and its displays)
David Marr: On parade: the making of a soldier for the Museum (construction of life-sized model soldier dressed in St Helena Regiment uniform, 1842-63)
Mure Smith: The Museum opens (on the 21st May 2002)

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Issue 24 - Spring 2002

A.H. Schulenburg: Book Reviews: “St Helena – The Chinese Connection: The History of the Chinese Indentured Labourers On St. Helena 1810-1836 and beyond” by Barbara George; “St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha – The Bradt Travel Guide” by Sue Steiner
The St Helena National Trust (Projects: described – saving endemic species; St Helena museum; restoration of a flax mill; a school project
A.H. Schulenburg: The discovery of St Helena: the search continues (investigation of date and identity of the discoverer of St Helena, based on documentary and cartographic evidence)
Beau W. Rowlands: The Museum prize raffle visit to St Helena (visit in November 2000)
In memoriam: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1900-2002
Trevor W. Hearl: Obituary: Anthony Nelson, publisher, 1932-2002
From Bells’ Weekly Messenger, 1831: The St Helena match girl: a 19th-century mystery (identity of St Helena-born sent to England for her education but sent onto the streets as a match girl by her guardians)
Edwin H. Collard: Saint Helena (a poem published in 1944)

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Issue 23 - Autumn 2001

Office of the Governor, press release: Air access for St Helena (public consultation whether St Helena should go ahead with Air Access Project planned to be held in 2002)
A.H. Schulenburg: Book Review: “Napoleon Bonaparte, England’s Prisoner: The Emperor in Exile 1816-21” by Frank Giles
Ian Mathieson: The Africana Museum Catalogue of Prints and Paintings (discussion of over 100 St Helena prints)
Yvonne Stadler: George Gabriel Powell: The First Speaker of South Carolina (story of a respected American politician who was exiled from St Helena for misappropriation of funds)
Stephen A. Royle: Saints on Ascension Island in the inter-war period
Late 19th Century photo of St Helena’s Salvation Army Band
‘A Correspondent’: A fragment (poem originally published in St Helena Monthly Register, 1810)
Joseph Lockwood: A St Helena “Court Journal” (extract from Joseph Lockwood’s 1851 Guide to St Helena)
Cathy Hopkins: ‘Same old t’ings’ from your own correspondent (diary of May – September 2001 St Helena election period)
A.H. Schulenburg: Early anti-slavery sentiments on St Helena

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Issue 22 - Summer 2001

Anna and John Siraut: End in sight to airport saga?
Beau W. Rowlands: Birds of St Helena – an update
Ian Mathieson: Book Reviews: “St Helena 500: A Chronological History of the Island” by Robin Gill and Percy Teale: “The Endemic Flora of St Helena” by Quentin Cronk; “St Helena and Ascension Island: A Natural History”; “His Majesty’s Grant of the Island of St Helena” by Jeff Cant; “Come with me to St Helena” by B. W. Marshall; “A Tourist Guide to the Anglo-Boer War” by Trevor Westby-Nunn
Anna and John Siraut: Citizenship by 2002 is the aim of island-loving MP (Bob Russell’s speech at the October Friends meeting)
Mure Smith: This year, next year, sometime? (Commentary on the delay in restoring British citizenship to Saints)
Angela Wigglesworth: Letter: Resignation as editor of Wirebird due to illness. Editorship assumed by Anna and John Siraut
Anna and John Siraut: News in brief: Brewery start-up investigation; a substantial shortfall in forecast island revenue
C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll): Alice in Tristan – a letter to Lord Salisbury
Anna and John Siraut: TV ‘beneficial’ to youngsters (research concludes little change in anti-social behaviour by children after introduction of television on St Helena
Anna and John Siraut: How to keep in touch – and to help the Island and its people (The St Helena Association; The Link Committee; The St Helena Diocesan Association; The South Atlantic Working Group; The Island Commission on Citizenship
Anna and John Siraut: On the net and firmly in the 21st century – South Atlantic websites
Terry Spens: Museum News
Anna Siraut and John Newman: Obituaries: Elizabeth Scholtz; Alan Hoole CMG OBE
David J. Hollamby: A day in the life of . . . the Governor and Commander-in-Chief
Trevor W. Hearl: ‘The Proper Study of Mankind’ – St Helena’s first human development report
David Jones, medal Section, Maritime & Coastguard Section: RMS crew miss Falklands medal by two days (ministerial response to Pamela Ward’s appeal for recognition of Saints role in the Falklands conflict)
Anna and John Siraut: Saint at the wheel (Rodney Young becomes the first Saint to captain the RMS)

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Issue 21 - Summer 2000

Trevor Hearl: Reading the economic runes – an airport, St Helena’s last opportunity (commentary on the St Helena Government’s “Strategic Review”)
Julian Cairns-Wicks: The Cairns-Wicks Column (air flights to St Helena a viable alternative to travel by sea)
Jeremy Cairns-Wicks: Minted for the Millennium (sterling silver tokens issued by Soloman & Co)
John Cooper: Campaign to save the albatross (launch of the Save The Albatross Campaign)
Jim Stevenson: RSPB to publish island bird book
Dr Neil McCulloch: Spotlight on the wirebird (investigation by Reading University into decline of wirebird population)
Basil George: Boer War Prisoners on St Helena
Trevor Hearl: Book review: “Napoleon in Exile – The Houses and Furniture supplied by the British Government for the Emperor and his Entourage on St Helena” by Martin Levy
Ian Mathieson: Book reviews: Update of “The Overseas Territories Handbook” by George Drower; “A Union Castle Purserette” by Ann Haynes; “Castaway” by Yvette Christianse; “Penguins, Potatoes and Postage Stamps” by Alan Crawford; “Tristan Da Cunha the Legendary Island” by Anna Lajolo and Guido Lombardi
Canon Nicholas Turner: Citizenship Commission update (issuing of full UK passports to Saints in 2002)
Charles Frater: End of an era for Wirebird (departure of Tony Cross and appointment of Angela Wigglesworth as editor)
Mure Smith: The Friends of St Helena – what next?
Canon Nicholas Turner: At last – the real Royal Charter (publication of the first definitive edition of the 1673 Royal Charter)
Angela Wigglesworth: News: Tax benefit (St Helena tax allowance increased) / Cheaper calls (cost of weekend phone calls halved)
Gavin George: Sports Report (shooting, golf and Prince Andrew School’s facilities)
Terry Spens: The new museum, development of St Helena through the ages (update on fundraising project)
Cathy Hopkins: Obituary: Michael Colvin MP
Cathy Hopkins: A day in the life of . . . the St Helena Government UK Representative
Angela Wigglesworth: Fleeing carnage, Hutu boy stows away to St Helena
Trevor Hearl: A philatelic conundrum (letters from St Helena carry Cardiff postmark following the breakdown of RMS at sea)
Robin Palmer: The Tristan relief stamp (overprinting of Tristan Da Cunha stamps to raise money for islanders evacuated because of volcanic eruption)
Pamela Ward: It’s never too late (letter to the Prime Minister calling for the efforts of Saints working at Ascension and on the RMS to be properly recognised)
John Newman: News from ‘The House’ (update by Speaker of The House)
Mark Vincent: Curnow news (changes in personnel)

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Issue 20 - Spring 2000

David Marr: Happy warrior: William Forbes Macbean of the St Helena Regiment (1842-63)
Trevor Hearl: Book review “St Helena 500 – A Chronological History of the Island” by Robin Gill and Percy Teale
David Holt: St Helena: Where have all the beaches gone? (why the island’s marine sand/shells is located over 1,500 feet above sea level)
Trevor Hearl: Tale of a testimonial (details of the 1859 Kempthorne Testimonial with 195 Saints’ signatures)
Dorothy Evans: Extracts from three letters from Mr Michael Titmarsh to Miss Smith of London (disinterment of Napoleon at St Helena in 1840)
Dorothy Evans: Obituary: The Rt. Revd. Michael Houghton, Bishop of Ebbsfleet

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Issue 19 - Summer 1999

David Marr: Let the ‘Old Saints’ go marching on! In search of the St Helena Regiment (1842-63)
Owen A. George: The Annual General Meeting – a tribute to our Chairman (Terry Spons)
A.H. Schulenburg: St Helena and the Great Fire of London (whether early inhabitants were victims of the Great Fire)
Victor Blair: Superman or media hype at St Helena? (Newspaper story of a clandestine visit to Longwood in 1818)
Terry Spens: The hand of affection (fund-raising for the Heritage Society to open the Jamestown museum)
David Holt: Sarah Bazett: St Helena’s own ‘My Fair Lady’ (biography of Sarah, Countess of Essex)
Trevor Hearl: St Helena’s 16th century astronaut – the adventures of Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (portrayal of St Helena in fictional account of a voyage to the moon)
Dorothy Evans: A journey of a lifetime (a visit to Tristan Da Cunha in 1999)

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Issue 18 - Autumn 1998

Cutting the cake (photo, the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Helena)
Manfred Rippich: Radio St Helena (broadcasting on the island since 1967)
The Daily Telegraph: Shooting straight to limelight (full-bore shooters from St Helena attend the Commonwealth Games)
Trevor W. Hearl: The Longwood and Briars Museums
Terry Spens: The Museum Project of the St Helena Heritage Society (update on project)
Owen A. George: Obituary: A tribute to the late Peter Theodore Joshua
Bob Johnston: To St Helena – Christmas 1996, part 2 (letter to Charles and Julia Frater describing island visit)
Ian Mathieson: A visit to Tristan Da Cunha (describing a visit in 1998)

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