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Issue 17 - Spring 1998

William Akam: Memories of the St Helena coastal battery R.A., 1941-1943
Stephen A. Royle: “You’ve got to grind them down” – the Boer prisoner of war camps on St Helena, 1900-1902
Rev. Thomas Bankes: An 18th century account of St Helena (circa 1795), Transcribed by H. F. Driver
Bristol Evening Post/ Truro & District Packet: Items from local newspapers of interest to Friends – “Islanders meet Lifesavers” at Frenchay Hospital Bristol / “Joint charity effort sends minibus to remote St Helena”
Owen George/The Daily Telegraph: Obituaries: Alison Bevan nee Ogborn / The Right Reverend Edmund Capper
Tony Cross: Good news from Bridgewater College (Honorary Doctorate awarded to Dorothy Evans)
Charles Frater: A special report of a 1997 visit to Diana’s Peak national park illustrated from a video made at the time
Mure Smith: A longer holiday on St Helena (two-month holiday in 1997)

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Issue 16 - Autumn 1997

Tony Cross: Book review – “St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha” by Alan Day
Trevor W. Hearl: Book review: “St Helena, South Atlantic Island” by Helmut and Alexander Schulenburg
Trevor W. Hearl: St Paul’s Cathedral, St Helena – an architectural footnote (design and construction of the island’s largest country church)
Geoffrey Guy, C.M.G., C.V.O., O.B.E.: Well Dressing at Wormhill, Derbyshire (ceremony blessing well featuring St Paul’s Cathedral, St Helena)
David Holt: When St Helena trembles (earthquake activity on the island)
Terry Spens: Green light for the 2002 appeal! (Friends’ support of the Museum Improvement Project)
Trevor W. Hearl: General election (St Helena) commentary 1997
Trevor W. Hearl: Getting “romantic St Helena” out of the doldrums (commentary on the House of Commons debate on the 22nd January 1997)
Tony Cross: Results of St Helena general election 1997
Andrew Bell: Address given by at the well dressing ceremony, 24th August 1997
A.H. Schulenburg: Joao Da Nova and the lost carrack (correct rendering of Da Nova’s name and the truth behind the legend that Da Nova lost a carrack on the island)
Dorothy Evans: Operation Raleigh – the experiences of two St Helenians (student projects experienced in Zimbabwe)
Tony Cross: South Atlantic Triangle, Part 2 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996)
Dorothy Evans: Sixth visit to St Helena, July 1997

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Issue 15 - Spring 1997

Tony Cross: Book Review: “My Napoleon” by Catherine Brighton
Trevor W. Hearl: Book reviews: Reprint of Hugh Crallan’s Report, “Listing and Preservation of Buildings of Architectural Interest”; “St Helena – Preserving the Island’s Historic Buildings” by Alan Cheetham
Stephen A. Royle: Alexander The Rat – F. W. Alexander, Chief Censor, Deadwood Camp, St Helena
HMSO: St Helena – an official report from 1927
Tony Cross: South Atlantic Triangle, Part 1 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996)
Bob Johnston: To St Helena – Christmas 1996, part 1 (letter to Charles and Julia Frater describing island visit)

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Issue 14 - Autumn 1996

Ian Mathieson: The Napoleon I collection of the late Mr Allan Lazarus (description of 35 lots by Sotheby’s, several relating to St Helena)
Ian Mathieson: How did Napoleon die? A review of some new books on the subject (“Assassination at St Helena Revisited” by Ben Weider and Sven Forschufvud; “The Fall of Napoleon” by David Hamilton-Williams; “Jack Juggler and the Emperor’s Whore” by John Arden
Tony Cross: Book Review: “A Guide to the Manuscript Sources for the History of St Helena” by Brian S. Smith
Trevor W. Hearl: A sad story (Tesco’s canned tuna from St Helena rapidly withdrawn due to cost/supply problems)
Tony Cross: From the editor’s post bag: From Ian Mathieson (additional images of St Helena in the news media to those listed in Issue 14); from Pam McLintock (description of an earthquake at St Helena in 1817
Trevor W. Hearl: When penal reform was on trial at St Helena (a history of Victorian penal policy on the island)
Trevor W. Hearl: Magazine Insert: Typescript of newspaper coverage of St Helena during April/May 1997, including reports of “riots”. These arose from an article in the Financial Times written by Angela Wigglesworth on the 8th March 1997
Trevor W. Hearl: Ascension Island’s odd man out (forward to a critique by Canon Nicholas Turner of “The Queer Dutchman” published in 1994 by an author using the pen name “C. Adler)
Trevor W. Hearl: St Helena’s watercolours at Christie’s (description of two paintings of St Helena to be sold by auction)
Fraser Simm: St Helena – beacon of hope (description of the sinking of S.S. City of Cairo in 1942)
Jean Johnston: St Helena diary, part 2 (recording a visit in 1961/2, being part of a small group making the film “Island of St Helena”)

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Issue 13 - Summer 1996

Charles Darwin: Extracts from “A naturalist’s voyage around the world”
Barry E. O’Meara: Extracts from “A voice from St Helena” 1822
Brian Smith: An English ship at St Helena, 1617 (details of an early landing by Captain William Keeling)
Trevor W. Hearl: Maldivia in the spotlight (details of Maldivia House)
Trevor W. Hearl: Censorship St Helena-style (an analysis of government control over the island’s news media)
Owen A. George: Obituary: A tribute to the late Louisa Georgina Till, matron
SHATPS: The St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society publish a 20th Anniversary anthology of articles
Tony Cross and Trevor Hearl: Early pictorial news coverage (a summary of all known early pictorial images of St Helena in the news media)
Anon: Diary of a passenger on the “Seagull” on her maiden voyage from South Africa, 1866
Jean Johnston: St Helena diary, part 1 (recording a visit in 1961/2, being part of a small group making the film “Island of St Helena”)

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Issue 12 - Autumn 1995

Derek A. Bell: St Helena’s soldiers (collation of a databank of military history and personnel of the island’s troops)
Owen George: The restoration of St James tower clock
Trevor W. Hearl: St Helena’s early Baptists
David Holt: The real shape of St Helena (new bathometric data reveals St Helena’s shape beneath the ocean)
Trevor W. Hearl: The facts behind the flax (use of St Helena’s flax in research to make novel textiles
Geoffrey Guy, C.M.G., C.V.O., O.B.E.: A tribute to Gilbert Martineau
Stephen Royle and the late Tony Cross: Wilberforce Arnold – St Helena colonial surgeon 1903-1925 (biography)
Tony Cross: Two members honoured (Allan Crawford and Trevor Hearl awarded Honary Life Membership of the Friends)
Charles B. Frater: Some memories of 1962 (recollections of visit to St Helena in 1962)

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Issue 11 - Spring 1995

Derek A. Bell: What are they doing here? (Regimental and ecclesiastical records for St Helena found at the Royal Army Museum, Chelsea)
Tony Cross: St Helenian treasures (record of St Helenian treasures owned by members of Friends)
Trevor W. Hearl: Book Reviews: “St Helena Lifeline” by Ronnie Eriksen; “The First St Helena” by Barbara B. Montgomerie; “South Atlantic Haven” by Ken Denholme
Trevor W. Hearl: Rescuing St Helena ‘s incunabula (saving some of the first books printed on St Helena from being sold to an American dealer)
Dorothy Evans: South Atlantic islands seminar (description of meeting between government representatives, education departments, UK consultants and others at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education)
Dorothy Evans: John Bailey – an obituary
H.V. Mapp: Assassination plot (background to the imprisonment of three Bahrain dissidents at St Helena
Clarice Chapman: It all began with Halley’s Comet (how work at Royal Observatory led to an interest in Edmond Halley and, in turn, to joining Friends of St Helena)
Brian Smith: Cecil Maggott – custodian of records (commentary on his contribution following thirty years employment at St Helena’s archives)
David Holt: Some surprising St Helena connections (discovery of Governor Wilks’ memorial tablet at the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair and further revelations about the Wilks family)
Trevor W. Hearl: Earwig stamps (the giant earwig and other endemic insects to be featured on a new issue of stamps)

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Issue 10 - Autumn 1994

T.M.J. Riordan: British army engineers on St Helena 1816-1821
Derek A. Bell: Louisa’s soldier (biography of Louisa Howes following her marriage to Thomas Abrahart, a soldier)
Trevor W. Hearl: St Helena, an island of shopkeepers? (An analysis of the proliferation of retailers, wholesalers and traders on an island with a constrained economy)
Tony Cross: From The Editor’s Post Bag: Ian Mathieson on the Ascension Castaway story in Issue 1; St Helena Citizenship Commission Report
Mike Thomson: “From our own correspondent – St Helena” (BBC Radio 4 broadcast on 27 January 1994)
Owen A. George: Obituary: a tribute to the late Edward Charles Brooks, O.B.E
George A. Lewis, M.B.E.: Three prisoners from the Persian Gulf
John Prince Hopewell, F.R.C.S.: Samuel Hopewell and St Helena
Tony Cross: Treasure Trove – St Helena’s Day 1994 (discovery of watercolour paintings of Longwood house and Napoleon’s tomb)
Tony Cross: Fairport (description of a four-masted barque and its connection to St Helena)
Tony Cross: South Atlantic Triangle, Part 1 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996)

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Issue 9 - Spring 1994

Tony Cross: Book Review: “Schooling in the South Atlantic islands” by Dorothy Evans
Trevor W. Hearl: Book Reviews: “Seasoned Tales” by Geoffrey Stamp; “St Helena” by Kenneth Bain
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1993: Obituary: Sir James Harford
Brian Gresty: Obituary: Sir James Harford
Hansard: A debate in the House of Lords, 1 February 1994 (opportunities for work, citizenship, right of abode and access)

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Issue 8 - Autumn 1993

Tom Riordan (Lone Sapper): Rare “sergeants’ peninsula marks (badges awarded to sergeants guarding Napoleon who served in the Peninsular War)
Owen George: U.K. organisations with St Helena interests: The Friends of St Helena; The St Helena Link Committee; The St Helena Diocesan Association; The St Helena Association (UK)
H. F. Driver: Random recollections – the fall of a giant (felling of the largest tree on St Helena during the 2nd World War)
Stephen A. Royle: The Atlantic colonies (an analysis of island colonies in the North and South Atlantic)
Trevor W. Hearl: The Huguenots of St Helena

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