Category Archives: History

Were there black prisoners in the Boer camps of St Helena?

Little is heard of the black Africans who lived and died in the prison camps of the Anglo Boer War. One man is engaged on a search for what traces remain – and he’s heading for St Helena. Twin Mosia is to … Continue reading

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Jonathan’s birthday… what the tortoise never taught us

We hate to disappoint the newspaper readers of Holland, but Jonathan the Tortoise will not be celebrating his birthday on 7 February… regardless of what it may say on  the Wikipedia website. Since exact age of the oldest known living … Continue reading

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Lost Solomon’s deeds found after 160 years

For years, it had been believed that the deeds of several historic houses on St Helena had been destroyed by fire. But then someone pulled out a drawer from a desk in Jamestown, and made a most surprising discovery. Behind … Continue reading

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The ‘merchant king’ suspected of intrigue with Napoleon

Saul Solomon founded a business empire that has dominated commercial life on St Helena for more than two centuries. He was also suspected of smuggling a silk ladder to Napoleon, to help him escape from exile. Now documents relating to … Continue reading

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No PE teacher? Appoint one of the pupils: first head recalls the challenges of creating ‘a school like no other’

JOHN BIRCHALL has proud memories of his time setting up “a school like no other anywhere else in the world” on St Helena. He shared a few of them in a special assembly to mark on the 25th anniversary of Prince … Continue reading

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Carnival honours the memory of St Helena exiles

The exile of Zulus and Boer War prisoners on St Helena has been commemorated in a carnival and march led by the premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. Before the event at Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, Senzo Nchunu urged … Continue reading

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Writer rescues Napoleon: was America ready for him?

What would the Americans made of Napoleon, had he escaped from St Helena and started a new (and longer) life in the young United States? The idea is explored in a debut historical novel by writer Shannon Selin – who’s … Continue reading

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Time-lapse videos recall historic landing

Look back to a key moment in St Helena’s airport project by watching two time-lapse videos of the NP Glory 4 becoming the first ocean-going ship ever to dock on the island, in July 2012. The first, by Scott Stander, … Continue reading

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Revisit the stories of 2013

Click the pic for a month-by-month look back at the stories that made 2013 on St Helena and her sister islands – then follow the links for more detail. SEE ALSO: 2013 in pictures

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RFA Darkdale: Mystery of the torpedo that failed to explode

The German submarine U-68 fired off four torpedoes at the RFA Darkdale, then sped quickly away to escape the attention of the gun crews positioned above Jamestown. The logbook recorded that all four struck home. But investigators from the Ministry … Continue reading

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