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Saved: ‘national treasure’ is found on rubbish dump

A journal written by one of St Helena’s most important historical figures has been found on the island’s rubbish tip. Historian Nick Thorpe has described the hand-written book by 19th Century engineer John Charles Melliss as “something of a national … Continue reading

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Revealed: plan to tunnel through to Rupert’s Valley

Records found abandoned on St Helena’s rubbish tip reveal how the island’s administrators considered digging a tunnel between Upper Jamestown at Rupert’s Valley. When John Charles Melliss was the Colonial Engineer on St Helena, the only path leading into Rupert’s … Continue reading

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How Halley mapped the sky from St Helena

The astronomer Edmond Halley – famous for Halley’s Comet – spent a year on St Helena, creating the world’s first map of the stars over the Southern Hemisphere. JOHN GRIMSHAW tells the story. ¬† While still a student at Oxford … Continue reading

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AUDIO: new St Helena Britannica is a tribute to island historian

The widow of the late St Helena historian, Trevor Hearl, has been presented with the first copy of a new book that brings together the results of his research over many years. Click here to listen to Simon Pipe’s report … Continue reading

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Slavery tourists to voyage into island’s dark past

Slavery is to become the theme of a educational cruise on the RMS St Helena, island tourism chief Cathy Alberts has revealed. It will tie in with the¬†International Day for the Abolition of Slavery in December. It will also draw … Continue reading

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