St Helena Britannica

St Helena Britannica

Studies in South Atlantic Island History


Launched at the Friends of St Helena AGM, Oxford 8th June 2013

This long awaited collection of papers on St Helena by the late Trevor W. Hearl (1924-2007) comprises an introduction and thirty chapters, as well as an editor’s preface and a select bibliography of Hearl’s writings on this South Atlantic island. These papers had previously been published only as typescript leaflets and in small specialist journals. The chapters cover aspects of St Helena’s history from its discovery to the 1950s, including sixteenth and seventeenth century visitors and surgeons, East India shipping, the island’s Huguenots and Baptists, telegraphs, the Napoleonic period, island merchants, horse racing, Darwin and other natural historians, church memorials, photography and publishing, as well as St Helena’s role as a whaling port and coaling station.

The book is of relevance to anyone with an interest in St Helena and the East India Company, as well as to readers with a general interest in the history of the British Empire.

It has been published in hardback, comprises 375 pages, 170mm x 235mm, b/w illustrations in text and index. THE BOOK CAN BE ORDERED NOW at the price of £25.00p. +postage. Please Order from Ian Mathieson MILES APART, Callender House, 90, Callender Street, Ramsbottom, Lancs BL0 9DUUK. +44(0)1706 826467

The total contents is as follows:

Editor’s Preface
About the Author (by the Author)
Chapter  1 - The Age of Discovery and St Helena’s ‘Man in the Moon’
Chapter  2 - The Troubles of a 17th Century Surgeon: Francis Moore of St Helena 
Chapter  3 - St Helena’s Forgotten Frenchmen: The Huguenot Wine Project
Chapter  4 - A Fortress Image: The Lambert-Scott Portrait and its Plagiarists
Chapter  5 - East Indiamen via St Helena
Chapter  6 - St Helena’s Pioneer Telegraph System
Chapter  7 - The Southern Whale Fishery: St Helena Rendezvous, 1780-1930
Chapter  8 - How Secure was St Helena in 1815?
Chapter  9 - Sir Hudson’s Headache: The Governor, The Admiral, and Supplies for St Helena
Chapter 10 - ‘Derby Days’ at Deadwood: Highlights of Horse Racing at St Helena
Chapter 11 - A Curious Coincidence?: Catherine Younghusband and the Obins Memorial
Chapter 12 - Saving Napoleon’s Soul at St Helena: “What Happened at Mason’s Stock House”
Chapter 13 - Saul Solomon of St Helena, 1776-1852
Chapter 14 - Richard Prince/Samuel Hopewell & Co., St Helena Merchants
Chapter 15 - Darwin’s Island
Chapter 16 - St Helena’s Social Revolution, 1834-1869: The Evidence of the Brooke-Scott Letters
Chapter 17 - The Melliss Family and the Oakbank Letters
Chapter 18 - Consuls and Consular Agents at St Helena
Chapter 19 - Longwood Observatory
Chapter 20 - Commodore Perry at St Helena in 1853
Chapter 21 - Baptists Pioneers of St Helena
Chapter 22 - St Paul’s Cathedral, St Helena: An Architectural Footnote
Chapter 23 - Some ‘Anglo-Indian’ and Other Memorials at St Helena
Chapter 24 - Insects and Origins
Chapter 25 - Forlorn Fortress
Chapter 26 - St Helena’s Pioneer Photographer: John Isaac Lilley
Chapter 27 - The Rise and Fall of James Francis Homagee, 1846-1919
Chapter 28 - When Penal Reform was on Trial at St Helena
Chapter 29 - St Helena as a Coaling Station: A Summary of Evidence
Chapter 30 - In Search of the St Helena Magazine
Trevor W. Hearl: A Select Bibliography