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 tour the 65 known black concentrations camps set up by the British in mainland Africa, […]

Who ‘disarmed’ the Boer War bomb in the tower?

In his column in the St Helena Independent, Julian Cairns-Wicks recalled the saga of the unexploded bomb that was discovered in the old round tower on Ladder Hill. But what happened to it? Here’s the down-to-earth answer, as told to the Friends of St Helena by former governor ANDREW GURR.   The unexploded bomb – […]

Slavery expert is to rescue island’s ancient archives

Unique St Helena records dating back more than 300 years are to be rescued from possible “catastrophic loss”. Many of the ancient documents in the archives at The Castle in Jamestown are already in very poor condition because of a lack of temperature controls, according to St Helena Government. Some have been attacked by insects […]

Boer War prisoners: life at Deadwood camp

Bizarrely, a Google search for St Helena stories throws up one from an American newspaper, The New Oxford Item, published in 1902. Although historians are probably familiar with this kind of material, it makes interesting, accessible reading on the island’s days as one of the world’s first concentration camps (the Nazi’s made the term notorious, […]