ladder hill
LADDER HILL
shot in 2004
Ladder Hill was the Tower Hill of St Helena
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JAMESTOWN
The Islands capital
A great view shot from my DJI Drone flying over Jamestown Harbour
Rupert Beach
RUPERT'S BEACH
Easily accessible and safe
Rupert's Beach a popular black sandy beach for days out.
Boer Cemetery
BOER CEMETERY
Individual graves aligned
Hillside burial ground cemetery at Knollcombes

Plantation House

How an absent governor returned to St Helena, 230 years on

A chance discovery has led to a former governor of St Helena taking his rightful place on the island, 230 years after he sailed away with his St Helenian wife. Here, New Zealander DAVID NICOLL tells how he tracked down his ancestor’s portrait – and met relatives still living on St Helena.  The story starts with the rekindling …

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After 150-plus years, Gentleman Jonathan gets his privacy

St Helena’s “creakingly old national treasure,” Jonathan the tortoise, will soon be protected from over-enthusiastic tourists, in an effort to extend the long life of the oldest known creature in the world. Work has started on building a fenced walkway at Plantation House to protect its tortoises.  by St Helena Government writer  Tortoises are sensitive creatures and, as we all …

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The Column: is there a surreal world inside The Castle?

The idea of turning part of The Castle in Jamestown into a hotel takes an unreal turn in The Column. Did island philosopher Nick Thorpe really mean to suggest that inside The Castle is “a surreal world in which all your control patterns… begin to fall to pieces?” Plus: another idea for a potential new hotel (tortoises included), and St Helena’s …

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In pictures: life at Plantation House, by Andrew Gurr

Andrew Gurr took thousands of pictures of St Helena during four years as governor. He showed some of them when he addressed the Friends of St Helena, and agreed to share them with readers of this website. This first selection gives a flavour of life at his official residence, Plantation House.  The governor’s office (actually in The Castle) is large: the …

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Jonathan stares at the camera, beak open wide

Keep your distance, please: Jonathan gets some privacy

The paddock that has been home to St Helena’s oldest resident for more than 100 years is to be given a makeover. The island’s planning board has given approval for new fencing to protect Jonathan, one of the world’s last surviving Seychelles Giant tortoises, from the attentions of over-intrusive visitors at Plantation House. Planning board …

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What the nurse said to the governor: Andrew Gurr looks back

When Andrew Gurr arrived on St Helena in 2007 as the first governor to be appointed through open competition, he found an island civil service that was financially adrift. It needed to undergo surgery – and so, later on, did Mr Gurr himself. In the fourth and final extract of an address to the Friends …

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The truth about MP who slept rough in the governor’s garden

For a Member of Parliament who once spent his holidays fighting the Taliban, a peaceful mission in St Helena ought to have been a walk in the park. Instead, Mark Lancaster ended up sleeping in one. Or rather, in the Governor’s garden. He’d come up against superior forces in the form of sociable St Helenians. And then, when he …

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