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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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