Wirebird magazine

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Issue 1 - Spring 1990
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    The Launching of the new RMS St Helena - Dorothy Evans
    Collecting "St Helena" Part 1 (stamp collecting) - Robert C. Deakin
    The Plantation Poltergeist (ghosts at Plantation House) - Charles and Kim Dixon
    The Plight of the St Helena Olive - Trevor W. Hearl
    Not the Prince of Wales (memories of a survivor from the torpedoed S.S. “City of Cairo”) - Douglas Quantrill
    Book Review: “St Helena 1502-1938” by Philip Gosse (New Edition 1990) - Tony Cross
    St Helena's Day Address 1989 (the first broadcast from St Paul's Cathedral, St Helena, on BBC's World Service) - Lilian Crowie
    History in Postcards - Clifford J. Masters
Issue 2 - Autumn 1990
    Editorial  - Tony Cross
    St Heleniana in the royal collection (island items displayed at the 1990 “Royal Miscellany” exhibition) - Trevor W. Hearl
    The Deaf Boys’ Project  - Owen A. George
    Collecting St Helena Part 2 - The First Stamp (stamp collecting) - Robert C. Deakin
    St Helena of Colchester  - Clarke Chapman
    The Wirebird: Past, present and future (article about the last surviving endemic bird) - Dr. Neil McCulloch
    Photographs of town and country 1962  - Members of Frost-Frater Film Unit
    Random recollections (memories of St Helena during World War II - Captain H.F. Driver
    The mahogany table mystery - a Napoleonic legend from St Helena (use of mahogany table for coffin) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Wahoo! (St Helena’s fish) - Tony Cross
    “St Helena Deserves Support” - Address to the A.G.M. Of “The Friends” 1990 - Sir Bernard Braine
    News of the Friends - Tony Cross
    Photograph, Garrison Band Concert - Captain H. F. Driver
Issue 3 - Spring 1991
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Correspondence - correction to Autumn 1990 editorial  - Captain H. F. Driver
    Return to St Helena - “A Short Term Expert” alias “The Glass Man” (description of St Helena visit)  - Ken Harwood
    The Wirebird (a poem) - Dulcie Robertson
    Queen's Graduate's Memorial in St Helena (article about Dr W. J. J. Arnold) - Dr. Stephen Royle
    R.M.S. St Helena Island  - Terence Holmes
    Collecting St Helena Part 3 (stamp collecting) - Robert C. Deakin
    Jonathan of Saint Helena (a description of St Helena’s ancient tortoise) - Sir James Harford
    Hall's Diary 1885-6 (Extract from a diary of a voyage from Australia describing visit to St Helena)  - Mr Hall of Oxford
    Commodore Perry at St Helena in 1853  - Trevor W. Hearl
    Random Recollections - Captain H. F. Driver
    Official opening of Prince Andrew school library - Extract from St Helena News
Issue 4 - Winter 1991
    Editorial  - Tony Cross
    Home once more (description of fifth home visit to St Helena) - Dulcie Robertson
    A Saint in Sussex (description of Pat Nichols’ woodworking skills at Rotherfield Hall) - Elizabeth Gocher
    The liberation of slaves in St Helena, Part 1  - George A. Lewis, M.B.E.
    Random recollections (memories of St Helena during World War II) - Captain H.F. Driver
    The enthronement of the Rt. Rev'd John Ruston OGS as 13th Bishop of St Helena in the cathedral Church of St Paul on Sunday 14th April 1991 - Gillian Jones
    Cardiff, 8th June 1991 (a visit to the RMS St Helena) - Tony Cross
    Book Review: “A Guide to the Geology of St Helena” by Barry Weaver  - Trevor W. Hearl
    Sir George Bingham KCB  - Pamela McClintock
    St Helena and South Atlantic books in print 1991 - Trevor W. Hearl
    Book Review (Supplement):  “The Emperor’s Last Stand, A Journey to St Helena” by Julia Blackburn - Tony Cross and Elizabeth Gocher
Issue 5 - Spring 1992
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    The re-discovery of St Helena: A Literary Odyssey (Book Reviews):  “The Emperor’s Last Island” by Julia Blackburn; “Fish and Fisheries of Saint Helena Island” by Alasdair Edwards; “Exploring St Helena: A Walker’s Guide” by Ian Mathieson & Laurence Carter; “Churches of the South Atlantic 1502-1990” by Rt. Rev. Edward Cannan; “St Helena Journal” by Anne Kotze; “Guide to the Geology of St Helena” by Barry Weaver; “St Helena 1502-1938” by Philip Gosse; “The Endemic Flora of St Helena” by Quentin Cronk; “A St Helena Cookbook” by Pamela Lawrence - Trevor W. Hearl
    A visit to St Helena in 1972 - Edward Hibbert
    Meeting St Helena’s water demands - Ian Mathieson
    The last voyage (description of the destruction of the Papanui by fire in 1911) - 'Tony Cross
    Wirebirds, donkeys and you - a talk broadcast on Radio St Helena 8th March 1972 ( description of the wirebird) - Arthur Loveridge
    Island school thirty years ago - a former pupil reminisces - Elizabeth Thurston née Cross
    The liberation of slaves in St Helena - Part 2 - George A. Lewis, M.B.E
    Random recollections (memories of St Helena during World War II) - Captain H.F. Driver
    Review:  St Helena South Atlantic Ocean, a video by Charles and Julia Frater - Tony Cross
    Obituary:  Mrs Doreen Ogborn - Owen A. George
Issue 6 - Autumn 1992
    Editorial  - Tony Cross
    A meteoric career: James Francis Homagee, 1846-1919 - Trevor W. Hearl
    Random recollections - the other Briars (St Helena’s Briars and its Australian namesake) - Captain H.F. Driver
    Fernao Lopes - St Helena's first settler - An English translation of the original account - Beau W. Rowlands
    Obituary:  The Rt. Rev. Edward Cannan 1920-1992, Bishop of St Helena 1979-1985 - Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 1992
    The funeral Of Bishop Cannan - Owen George
    The story of the S.S. Papanui - Continued (extracts from “The Wirebird”, 1957) - Tony Cross
    Book Review:  “Churches of the South Atlantic 1502-1990” by Rt. Rev. Edward Cannan - David Young
    The Colchester connection (associations between Colchester and St Helena) - Clarice Chapman
    News:  Renewal of Curnow Shipping’s contract to provide shipping service to St Helena; Death of Mrs Hugh Crallan - Tony Cross
Issue 7 - Spring 1993
    Editorial  - Tony Cross
    Following Ted Cannan’s funeral, a letter - K. A. Harwood
    Obituary:  Mr Edward Hibbert (postal historian) and Mr Tony Cross (surgeon) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Thoughts on the “Papanui” articles - K. A. Harwood
    Darwin’s island - Trevor W. Hearl
    My fourth visit to the island - Dorothy Evans
    Oswell Blakeston visits the island in 1956 - Max Chapman
    Book Review:  “Exploring St Helena: A Walker's Guide” by Ian Mathieson and Laurence Carter - Trevor W. Hearl
Issue 8 - Autumn 1993
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    U.K. organisations with St Helena interests:  The Friends of St Helena; The St Helena Link Committee; The St Helena Diocesan Association; The St Helena Association (UK) - Owen George
    The Huguenots of St Helena - Trevor W. Hearl
    Random recollections - the fall of a giant (felling of the largest tree on St Helena during the 2nd World War) - H. F. Driver
    The Atlantic colonies (an analysis of island colonies in the North and South Atlantic) - Steve Royle
    Rare “sergeants' peninsula marks (badges awarded to sergeants guarding Napoleon who served in the Peninsular war) - Tom Riordan (Lone Sapper)
Issue 9 - Spring 1994
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Obituary:  Sir James Harford - Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1993
    Obituary:  Sir James Harford - Brian Gresty
    Book Reviews:  “Seasoned Tales” by Geoffrey Stamp; “St Helena” by Kenneth Bain - Trevor W. Hearl
    A debate in the House of Lords, 1 February 1994 (opportunities for work, citizenship, right of abode and access)
 - Hansard
    Book Review:  “Schooling in the South Atlantic islands” by Dorothy Evans - Tony Cross
Issue 10 - Autumn 1994
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Samuel Hopewell and St Helena  - John Prince Hopewell, F.R.C.S.
    St Helena, an island of shopkeepers? (An analysis of the proliferation of retailers, wholesalers and traders on an island with a constrained economy) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Obituary:  a tribute to the late Edward Charles Brooks, O.B.E - Owen A. George
    Three prisoners from the Persian Gulf - George A. Lewis, M.B.E.
    Louisa's soldier (biography of Louisa Howes following her marriage to Thomas Abrahart, a soldier) - Derek A. Bell
    Treasure Trove - St Helena's Day 1994 (discovery of watercolour paintings of Longwood house and Napoleon’s tomb) - Tony Cross
    British army engineers on St Helena 1816-1821 - T.M.J. Riordan
    Fairport (description of a four-masted barque and its connection to St Helena)  - Tony Cross
    “From our own correspondent - St Helena” (BBC Radio 4 broadcast on 27 January 1994) - Mike Thomson
    From The Editor's Post Bag:  Ian Mathieson on the Ascension Castaway story in Issue 1; St Helena Citizenship Commission Report - Tony Cross
    South Atlantic Triangle, Part 1 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996) - Tony Cross
Issue 11 - Spring 1995
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    It all began with Halley's Comet (how work at Royal Observatory led  to an interest in Edmond Halley and, in turn, to joining Friends of St Helena) - Clarice Chapman
    Book Reviews:  “St Helena Lifeline” by Ronnie Eriksen; “The First St Helena” by Barbara B. Montgomerie; “South Atlantic Haven” by Ken Denholme - Trevor W. Hearl
    What are they doing here? (Regimental  and ecclesiastical records for St Helena found at the Royal Army Museum, Chelsea) - Derek Bell
    John Bailey - an obituary - Dorothy Evans, M.B.E
    Some surprising St Helena  connections (discovery of Governor Wilks’ memorial tablet at the Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair and further revelations about the Wilks family) - David Holt
    Rescuing St Helena 's incunabula (saving some of the first books printed  on St Helena from being sold to an American dealer) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Assassination plot (background to the imprisonment of three Bahrain  dissidents at St Helena - H.V. Mapp
    St Helenian treasures (record of St Helenian treasures owned by  members of Friends)  - Tony Cross
    South Atlantic islands seminar (description of meeting between  government representatives, education departments, UK consultants and others at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education) - Dorothy Evans, M.B.E.
    Cecil Maggott - custodian of records (commentary on his contribution  following thirty years employment at St Helena’s archives) - Brian Smith
    Earwig stamps (the giant earwig and other endemic insects to be featured on a new issue of stamps) - Trevor W. Hearl
Issue 12 - Autumn 1995
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    A tribute to Gilbert Martineau  - Geoffrey Guy, C.M.G., C.V.O., O.B.E.
    The facts behind the flax (use of St Helena’s flax in research to make novel textiles - Trevor W. Hearl
    The real shape of St Helena (new bathometric data reveals St Helena’s shape beneath the ocean) - David Holt
    The restoration of St James tower clock - Owen George
    Wilberforce Arnold - St Helena colonial surgeon 1903-1925 (biography) - Stephen Royle and the late Tony Cross
    Two members honoured (Allan Crawford and Trevor Hearl awarded Honary Life Membership of the Friends) - Tony Cross
    Some memories of 1962 (recollections of visit to St Helena in 1962) - Charles B. Frater
    St Helena's early Baptists  - Trevor W. Hearl
    St Helena's soldiers (collation of a databank of military history and personnel of the island’s troops) - Derek A. Bell
Issue 13 - Summer 1996
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Extracts from “A voice from St Helena” 1822  - Barry E. O'Meara
    Extracts from “A naturalist’s voyage around the world" - Charles Darwin
    Diary of a passenger on the “Seagull” on her maiden voyage from South Africa, 1866 - Anon
    Maldivia in the spotlight (details of Maldivia House) - Trevor W. Hearl
    An English ship at St Helena, 1617 (details of an early landing by Captain William Keeling) - Brian Smith
    Obituary:  A tribute to the late Louisa Georgina Till, matron  - Owen A. George
    Early pictorial news coverage (a summary of all known early pictorial images of St Helena  in the news media) - Tony Cross and Trevor Hearl
    The St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society publish a 20th Anniversary anthology of articles  - SHATPS
    Censorship St Helena-style (an analysis of government control over the island’s news media) - Trevor W. Hearl
    St Helena diary, part 1 (recording a visit in 1961/2, being part of a small group making the film “Island of St Helena”) - Jean Johnston
Issue 14 - Autumn 1996
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    St Helena diary, part 2 (recording a visit in 1961/2, being part of a small group making the film “Island of St Helena") - Jean Johnston
    When penal reform was on trial at St Helena (a history of Victorian penal policy on the island) - Trevor W. Hearl
    From the editor's post bag:  From Ian Mathieson (additional images of St Helena in the news media to those listed in Issue 14); from Pam McLintock (description of an earthquake at St Helena in 1817 - Tony Cross
    How did Napoleon die?  A review of some new books on the subject (“Assassination at St Helena Revisited” by Ben Weider and Sven Forschufvud; “The Fall of Napoleon” by David Hamilton-Williams; “Jack Juggler and the Emperor’s Whore” by John Arden - Ian Mathieson
    Ascension Island's odd man out (forward to a critique by Canon Nicholas Turner of “The Queer Dutchman” published in 1994 by an author using the pen name “C. Adler) - Trevor W. Hearl
    St Helena - beacon of hope (description of the sinking of S.S. City of Cairo in 1942) - Fraser Simm
    The Napoleon I collection of the late Mr Allan Lazarus (description of 35 lots by Sotheby’s, several relating to St Helena) - Ian Mathieson
    St Helena’s watercolours at Christie’s (description of two paintings of St Helena to be sold by auction) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Book Review:  “A Guide to the Manuscript Sources for the History of St Helena” by Brian S. Smith  - Tony Cross
    A sad story (Tesco's canned tuna from St Helena rapidly withdrawn due to cost/supply problems) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Magazine Insert: Typescript of newspaper coverage of St Helena during April/May 1997, including reports of “riots”.  These arose from an article in the Financial Times written by Angela Wigglesworth on the 8th March 1997 - Trevor W. Hearl
Issue 15 - Spring 1997
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    To St Helena - Christmas 1996, part 1 (letter to Charles and Julia Frater describing island visit) - Bob Johnston
    Book reviews:  Reprint of Hugh Crallan’s Report, “Listing and Preservation of Buildings of Architectural Interest”;  “St Helena - Preserving the Island’s Historic Buildings” by Alan Cheetham - Trevor W. Hearl
    Book Review:  “My Napoleon” by Catherine Brighton - Tony Cross
    Alexander The Rat - F. W. Alexander, Chief Censor, Deadwood Camp, St Helena - Stephen Royle
    St Helena - an official report from 1927 - HMSO
    South Atlantic Triangle, Part 1 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996) - Tony Cross
Issue 16 - Autumn 1997
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Green light for the 2002 appeal! (Friends’ support of the Museum Improvement Project) - Terry Spens
    Well Dressing at Wormhill, Derbyshire (ceremony blessing well featuring St Paul’s Cathedral, St Helena) - Geoffrey Guy
    Address given by at the well dressing ceremony, 24th August 1997  - Andrew Bell
    General election (St Helena) commentary 1997 - Trevor W. Hearl
    Results of St Helena general election 1997  - Tony Cross
    When St Helena trembles (earthquake activity on the island) - David Holt
    Joao Da Nova and the lost carrack (correct rendering of Da Nova’s name and the truth behind the legend that Da Nova lost a carrack on the island) - Alexander Hugo Schulenburg
    Book review - “St Helena, Ascension and Tristan Da Cunha” by Alan Day - Tony Cross
    Sixth visit to St Helena, July 1997 - Dorothy Evans
    Getting “romantic St Helena” out of the doldrums (commentary on the House of Commons debate on the 22nd January 1997) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Operation Raleigh - the experiences of  two St Helenians (student projects experienced in Zimbabwe) - Dorothy Evans
    St Paul's Cathedral, St Helena - an architectural footnote (design and construction of the island’s largest country church) - Trevor W. Hearl
    South Atlantic Triangle, Part 2 (personal account of RMS voyage, November/December 1996) - Tony Cross
    Book review:  “St Helena, South Atlantic Island” by Helmut and Alexander Schulenburg - Trevor W. Hearl
Issue 17 - Spring 1998
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    An 18th century account of St Helena (circa 1795), Transcribed by H. F. Driver - Rev. Thomas Bankes
    A longer holiday on St Helena (two-month holiday in 1997) - Mure Smith
    A special report of a 1997 visit to Diana's Peak national park illustrated from a video made at the time - Charles Frater
    Memories of the St Helena coastal battery R.A., 1941-1943 - William Akam
    “You’ve got to grind them down” - the Boer prisoner of war camps on St Helena, 1900-1902 - Stephen A. Royle
    Items from local newspapers of interest to Friends - “Islanders meet Lifesavers” at Frenchay Hospital Bristol / “Joint charity effort sends minibus to remote St Helena" - Bristol Evening Post/ Truro & District Packet
    Obituaries:  Alison Bevan nee Ogborn / The Right Reverend Edmund Capper - Owen George/The Daily Telegraph
    Good news from Bridgewater College (Honorary Doctorate awarded to Dorothy Evans)  - Tony Cross
Issue 18 - Autumn 1998
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    Obituary:  A tribute to the late Peter Theodore Joshua - Owen A. George
    Radio St Helena (broadcasting on the island since 1967) - Manfred Rippich
    A visit to Tristan Da Cunha (describing a visit in 1998) - Ian Mathieson
    The Museum Project of the St Helena Heritage Society (update on project) - Terry Spens
    To St Helena - Christmas 1996, part 2 (letter to Charles and Julia Frater describing island visit) - Bob Johnston
    Cutting the cake (photo, the 10th Annual General Meeting of the Friends of St Helena) -
    The Longwood and Briars Museums - Trevor W. Hearl
    Shooting straight to limelight (full-bore shooters from St Helena attend the Commonwealth Games)  - The Daily Telegraph
Issue 19 - Summer 1999
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    St Helena and the Great Fire of London (whether early inhabitants were victims of the Great Fire) - Alexander Hugo Schulenburg
    Superman or media hype at St Helena? (Newspaper story of a clandestine visit to Longwood in 1818) - Victor Blair
    The Annual General Meeting - a tribute to our Chairman (Terry Spons) - Owen A. George
    The hand of affection (fund-raising for the Heritage Society to open the Jamestown museum) - Terry Spens
    Let the ‘Old Saints’ go marching on!   In search of the St Helena Regiment (1842-63) - David Marr
    Sarah Bazett: St Helena’s own ‘My Fair Lady’ (biography of Sarah, Countess of Essex) - David Holt
    St Helena's 16th century astronaut - the adventures of Domingo Gonsales, the Speedy Messenger (portrayal of St Helena in fictional account of a voyage to the moon) - Trevor Hearl
    A journey of a lifetime (a visit to Tristan Da Cunha in 1999)  - Dorothy Evans
Issue 20 - Spring 2000
    Editorial - Tony Cross
    St Helena: Where have all the beaches gone? (why the island's marine sand/shells is located over 1,500 feet above sea level) - David Holt
    Tale of a testimonial (details of the 1859 Kempthorne Testimonial with 195 Saints’ signatures) - Trevor Hearl
    Obituary: The Rt. Revd. Michael Houghton, Bishop of Ebbsfleet  - Dorothy Evans, M.B.E.
    Happy warrior: William Forbes Macbean of the St Helena Regiment (1842-63) - David Marr
    Book review “St Helena 500 - A Chronological History of the Island”  by Robin Gill and Percy Teale - Trevor Hearl
    Extracts from three letters from Mr Michael Titmarsh to Miss Smith of London (disinterment of Napoleon at St Helena in 1840) - Dorothy Evans
Issue 21 - Summer 2000
    The Friends of St Helena - what next?  - Mure Smith
    End of an era for Wirebird (departure of Tony Cross and appointment of Angela Wigglesworth as editor) - Charles Frater
    At last - the real Royal Charter (publication of the first definitive edition of the 1673 Royal Charter) - Canon Nicholas Turner
    Curnow news (changes in personnel) - Mark Vincent
    Citizenship Commission update (issuing of full UK passports to Saints in 2002) - Canon Nicholas Turner
    News:  Tax benefit (St Helena tax allowance increased from £1,200 to £2,000) / Cheaper calls (cost of weekend phone calls halved) - Angela Wigglesworth
    Minted for the Millennium (sterling silver tokens issued by Soloman & Co) - Jeremy Cairns-Wicks
    The new museum, development of St Helena through the ages (update on fundraising project) - Terry Spens
    A day in the life of . . . the St Helena Government UK Representative - Cathy Hopkins
    Obituary:  Michael Colvin MP  - Cathy Hopkins
    It’s never too late (letter to the Prime Minister calling for the efforts of Saints working at Ascension and on the RMS to be properly recognised) - Pamela Ward
    Spotlight on the wirebird (investigation by Reading University into decline of wirebird population) - Dr Neil McCulloch
    Campaign to save the albatross (launch of the Save The Albatross Campaign) - John Cooper
    Boer War Prisoners on St Helena  - Basil George
    The Tristan relief stamp (overprinting of Tristan Da Cunha stamps to raise money for islanders evacuated because of volcanic eruption) - Robin Palmer
    Book reviews: Update of “The Overseas Territories Handbook” by George Drower; “A Union Castle Purserette” by Ann Haynes; “Castaway” by Yvette Christianse; “Penguins, Potatoes and Postage Stamps” by Alan Crawford; “Tristan Da Cunha the Legendary Island” by Anna Lajolo and Guido Lombardi - Ian Mathieson
    Book review: “Napoleon in Exile - The Houses and Furniture supplied by the British Government for the Emperor and his Entourage on St Helena” by Martin Levy - Trevor Hearl
    RSPB to publish island bird book  - Jim Stevenson
    Fleeing carnage, Hutu boy stows away to St Helena  - Angela Wigglesworth
    News from ‘The House’ (update by Speaker of The House) - John Newman
    A philatelic conundrum (letters from St Helena carry Cardiff post mark following breakdown of RMS at sea) - Trevor Hearl
    The Cairns-Wicks Column (air flights to St Helena a viable alternative to travel by sea) - Julian Cairns-Wicks
    Sports Report (shooting, golf and Prince Andrew School’s facilities) - Gavin George
    Reading the economic runes - an airport, St Helena’s last opportunity (commentary on the St Helena Government’s “Strategic Review”) - Trevor Hearl
Issue 22 - Summer 2001
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    Citizenship by 2002 is the aim of island-loving MP (Bob Russell’s speech at the October Friends meeting) - Anna and John Siraut
    This year, next year, sometime? (Commentary on the delay in restoring British citizenship to Saints) - Mure Smith
    Saint at the wheel (Rodney Young becomes the first Saint to captain the RMS) - Anna and John Siraut
    RMS crew miss Falklands medal by two days (ministerial response to Pamela Ward’s appeal for recognition of Saints role in the Falklands conflict) - David Jones, medal Section, Maritime & Coastguard Section
    Obituaries:  Elizabeth Scholtz;  Alan Hoole CMG OBE  - Anna Siraut and John Newman
    A day in the life of . . . the Governor and Commander-in Chief  - David J. Hollamby
    How to keep in touch - and to help the Island and its people (The St Helena Association; The Link Committee; The St Helena Diocesan Association; The South Atlantic Working Group; The Island Commission on Citizenship - Anna and John Siraut
    ‘The Proper Study of Mankind’ - St Helena’s first human development report  - Trevor W. Hearl
    End in sight to airport saga?  - Anna and John Siraut
    On the net and firmly in the 21st century - South Atlantic web sites  - Anna and John Siraut
    Alice in Tristan - a letter to Lord Salisbury  - C. L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)
    Book Reviews: “St Helena 500: A Chronological History of the Island” by Robil Gill and percy Teale; “The Endemic Flora of St Helena” by Quentin Cronk; “St Helena and Ascension Island: A Natural History”; “His Majesty’s Grant of the Island of St Helena” by Jeff Cant; “Come with me to St Helena” by B. W. Marshall; “A Tourist Guide to the Anglo-Boer War” by Trevor Westby-Nunn - Ian Mathieson
    Letter: Resignation as editor of Wirebird due to illness.  Editorship assumed by Anna and John Siraut  - Angela Wigglesworth
    Museum News  - Terry Spens
    Birds of St Helena - an update  - Beau W. Rowlands
    News in brief:  Brewery start-up investigation; substantial shortfall in forecast island revenue  - Anna and John Siraut
    TV ‘beneficial’ to youngsters (research concludes little change in anti-social behaviour by children after introduction of television on St Helena - Anna and John Siraut
Issue 23 - Autumn 2001
    From the Editor  - Dr A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman's letter  - Mure Smith
    Late 19th Century photo of St Helena’s Salvation Army Band -
    A fragment  (poem originally published in St Helena Monthly Register, 1810) - ‘A Correspondent’
    ‘Same old t’ings’ from your own correspondent (diary of May - September 2001 St Helena election period) - Cathy Hopkins
    Saints on Ascension Island in the inter-war period  - Stephen R. Royle
    Early anti-slavery sentiments on St Helena  - A.H. Schulenburg
    The Africana Museum Catalogue of Prints and Paintings (discussion of over 100 St Helena prints) - Ian Mathieson
    Air access for St Helena (public consultation whether St Helena should go ahead with Air Access Project planned to be held in 2002) - Office of the Governor, press release
    A St Helena “Court Journal” (extract from Joseph Lockwood’s 1851 Guide to St Helena) - Joseph Lockwood
    George Gabriel Powell: The First Speaker of South Carolina (story of a respected American politician who was exiled from St Helena for misappropriation of funds) - Yvonne Stadler
    Book Review: “Napoleon Bonaparte, England’s Prisoner:  The Emperor in Exile 1816-21” by Frank Giles  - A. H. Schulenburg
Issue 24 - Spring 2002
    From the Editor  - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    In memoriam: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1900-2002 -
    The Museum prize raffle visit to St Helena (visit in November 2000) - Beau W. Rowlands
    The discovery of St Helena: the search continues (investigation of which Portuguese discovered St Helena and when, based on documentary and cartographic evidence) - A. H. Schulenburg
    Obituary: Anthony Nelson, publisher, 1932-2002 - Trevor W. Hearl
    The St Helena match girl:  a 19th century mystery (identity of St Helena-born sent to England for her education but sent onto the streets as a match girl by her guardians)  - From Bells’ Weekly Messenger, 1831
    The St Helena National Trust (Projects: described - saving endemic species; St Helena museum; restoration of a flax mill; a school project -
    Saint Helena (a poem published in 1944) - Edwin H. Collard
    Book Reviews:  “St Helena - The Chinese Connection: The History of the Chinese Indentured Labourers On St. Helena 1810-1836 and beyond” by Barbara George; “St Helena, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha - The Bradt Travel Guide” by Sue Steiner - A. H. Schulenburg
    From the Editor  - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    A new home for the Museum: the Old Power House (record of work since March 2000) - Gay Denbow
    On parade: the making of a soldier for the Museum (construction of life-sized model soldier dressed in St Helena Regiment uniform, 1842-63) - David Marr
    The Museum opens (on the 21st May 2002) - Mure Smith
    Education, young people and the Museum (description from an educational perspective) - Dorothy Evans
    Creating the 'Nuseum' (new nickname given to new museum) - Sarah Holland
    Museums are forever . . . (background to the planning of the museum and its displays) - Colin Dawes
    Comments from the Visitor& Book (567 comments left on day of opening and 586 over next 9 weeks) -
    Court Circular:  The Princess Royal at St Helena (diary of Princess Anne’s visit, November 2002)  - Trevor W. Hearl
    In search of the St Helena Magazine - Part 1 (description of the St Helena (Diocesan) Magazine and its importance in documenting the island over the first half of the 20th century)  - Trevor W. Hearl
Issue 26 - Spring 2003
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    In search of the St Helena Magazine - Part 2 (description of the St Helena (Diocesan) Magazine and its importance in documenting the island over the first half of the 20th century - Trevor W. Hearl
    I was a Foreign Office Consultant: Big fish on a small island or catching wahoo off Ascension (description of one-month visit) - Stephen A. Royle
    The St James' Restoration Action Group (extract from leaflet published by Action Group) -
    Promoting Biodiversity Conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories  - Frances Marks
    Aspects of the Lives of the ‘Liberated Africans’ on St Helena (religious conversion/physical recovery of slaves/recruitment as troops/employment and settlement/disturbance of Ruperts Bay graves) - A.H. Schulenburg
    Promoting Biodiversity Conservation in the UK's Overseas Territories - Frances Marks
    Aspects of the Lives of the ‘Liberated Africans’ on St Helena (religious conversion/physical recovery of slaves/recruitment as troops/employment and settlement/disturbance of Ruperts Bay graves) - A.H. Schulenburg
    Correspondence (description of St Helena Regiment’s uniform) - Derek Bell
Issue 27 - Autumn 2003
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    News in Brief - Appointment of new governor (of Michael Clancy)/St Helena Link (Management of Education Support Programme taken on by Centre for International Development and Training, Wolverhampton - A. H. Schulenburg
    Obituary:  Quentin Keynes, 1921-2003  - Ian Mathieson
    Recent Books of Interest (“Scanty Particulars”:  The life of Dr James Barry” by Rachel Holmes / “Outpost:  Journeys to the surviving relics of the British empire” by Simon Winchester / “The Pirate Hunter:  The true story of Captain Kidd” by Richard Zacks - A. H. Schulenburg
    British Parliamentarians visit St Helena  - Roger Jones
    Some ‘Anglo-Indian’ and other Memorials at St Helena (a description of headstones at St James Church Garden, Knollcombes, Jamestown Baptist church, St Matthews, St James, St Paul’s and lack of a memorial at Ruperts Bay - Trevor W. Hearl
    The Parliamentarian and the Civil Servant: Two Views of St Helena in the 1950s (contrasting portrayals of St Helena in reports by Cledwyn Hughes MP and by Aaron Emanuel from the Colonial Office) - A.H. Schulenburg
    A Comedy of Errors or The Pitfalls of Genealogy (disproving family tradition that ancestor served as a soldier guarding Napoleon) - Roy A. Rickard
    Book Reviews:  “The Monsters of St Helena” by Brooks Hansen / “Turtle Island:  A journey to Britain’s Oldest Colony” by Sergio Ghione - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 28 - Spring 2004
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Mure Smith
    Lines Written on the Island of St Helena (poem originally published in 1810) - ‘A person late of this Island’
    Ships at St Helena, 1502-1613 (an analysis of the earliest Portuguese ships and captains) - Beau W. Rowlands
    Air Access Updates (rejection of four outline proposals to develop air access to St Helena and background briefing by Sharon Wainright, Air Access Project Coordinator - St Helena Government/ DfID
    Community, Dependency, Migration: Historical Observations on Contemporary St Helena Problems (analysis of dependency by Crown Commissioners in 1834/5 before coming under Crown control /post Crown control emigration patterns/ suggestions for mass emigration from island in 1715 and 1936 - Dr A. H. Schulenburg
    Recent Books of Interest (“Tristan da Cunha: History, People, Language” by Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier/ “Isolation and Language Sociohistorical Evidence from Tristan” by Daniel Schreier/ “Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002”/ “Journal of Historical Geography”, Vol.29 - A.H. Schulenburg
    Obituary: Miss Clarice Chapman, 1926-2004  - Trevor W. Hearl
    Australia via St Helena, 1911 (letter from a passenger of the SS Papanui destroyed by fire off Jamestown) - Peter Ellis
    Book review: Neil McCulloch, “A Guide to the Birds of St Helena and Ascension Island” - Trevor W. Hearl
    Book review: Ben Fogle, “The Teatime Islands: Journeys to Britain’s Faraway Outposts” - A.H. Schulenburg
    Review essay: The St Helena Monograph Project (comments about and criticism of a planned series of monographs by Robin Taylor about St Helena) - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 29 - Autumn 2004
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Guy Marriott
    Members New and Old  - Roger Leighton
    Reflections on a Visit to St Helena (edited draft of address given at the 2004 AGM) - Owen George
    ‘Derby Days’ at Deadwood: Highlights of Horse-racing at St Helena - Part 1 (horse-racing during the Napoleonic and an earlier period) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Memories of St Helena - Part I  - Sergio Ghione
    Curnow Shipping Fraud Case (accusations that former executives of Curnow Shipping conspired to defraud St Helena Line Ltd collapse in court case) -
    Book review:  “St Helena: One Man's Island” by Ian Baker - Dorothy Evans
    Errata to Wirebird No 28, “Ships at St Helena, 1502-1613”  - Beau W. Rowlands
Issue 30 - Spring 2005
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Guy Marriott
    Correspondence (comment on ownership of RMS St Helena)  - J. Hale
    How far is St Helena from the Gates of Trafalgar? (Midshipman Horatio Nelson’s visit to St Helena in 1776) - Robin Gill
    ‘Derby Days’ at Deadwood: Highlights of Horse-racing at St Helena - Part 2 (horse-racing during the Napoleonic and a later period) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Endemic Invertebrates, the Airport and the St Helena Environment Charter (description of past studies of endemic invertebrates, their disappearance and impact of new airport) - Myrtle Ashmole
    Memories of St Helena - Part 2 - Sergio Ghione
    The Return of the Martin Guerre of St Helena, from the Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1825 (case in which fraudster who robbed woman after convincing her he was her son from St Helena) -
    Book reviews: “Quincentenary: A Story of St Helena, 1502-2002 “ by David Smallman; “The Proud and the Passionate” by Robert MacMillan Robertson - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 31 - Autumn 2005
    From the Editor - A.H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter  - Guy Marriott
    A Week of Highs and Lows: Cycling Round St Helena - Part 1 - Simon Levell
    New Members (impressions of St Helena by Graham & Sylvia Evans)  - Roger Leighton
    The Tristan da Cunha Discovery Fleet, 1506, and a Suggested Exact Date of Discovery - Beau W. Rowlands
    Letter From St Helena (working from the top floor of the Post Office)  - John Turner
    The St Helena Independent (launch of newspaper in November 2005) - A.H. Schulenburg
    Confusion at Westminster or ‘Broad Bottom Airport’ and the ‘Firebird’ (Parliamentary confusion about the identity of St Helena’s endemic bird and the location of the proposed airport)  - A.H. Schulenburg
    DVD Review: “RMS St Helena: A South Atlantic Voyage” by Gisela Kraus & Günther Benze - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 32 - Spring 2006
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Chairman’s letter - Guy Marriott
    Diocese of St Helena Day (special Festival Day to be held at St Woolos Cathedral, Newport) -
    Discovery of the Endemic Invertebrates of St Helena and ‘The Belgians’ (description of past surveys and alleged extinction of species through over-collection of samples) - Myrtle & Philip Ashmole
    Ecological Restoration on St Helena: Diana's Peak National Park and the Millennium Forest (progress achieved over last 15 years in protecting endemic plant and insect population - Myrtle & Philip Ashmole
    ‘To Be Sold & Let - Slaves’:  Reclaiming an Icon of St Helena’s Shameful Past (widely featured public notice shown to be 1829 slave sale at Jamestown under the trees in front of The Cannister) - A.H. Schulenburg
    A Week of Highs and Lows: Cycling Round St Helena - Part 2 - Simon Levell
    Book Review:  “St Helena: The Forgotten Island” by Quentin Keynes Bob Russell MP - A.H. Schulenburg
    Correspondence (reaction to comments made about Parliamentary errors about St Helena in Issue 31) -
Issue 33 - Autumn 2006
    From the Editor   - A. H. Schulenburg
    Pictures from Italy: ‘The Death of Napoleon’ (description of play seen in Genoa in 1844-5)    - Charles Dickens
    A Brief History of Cinema on St Helena (covers the period between early 1900s to 1980s) - A.H. Schulenburg
    Second World War Defences on St Helena (includes description of the armaments removed from the island and those still remaining) - Bill Clements
    Fernão Lopes - a South Atlantic ‘Robinson Crusoe’     - Beau W. Rowlands
    The St Helena Tea-Gardens, London (description of tavern/tea-garden near Royal Dock Yard in Southwark on Corbets/Cobbets Lane, today known as St Helena Road. - A.H. Schulenburg
    The BOU checklist The Birds of St Helena - an update on birds, and relevant ships’ movements, 1942 and 1944 (new St Helena birds listed by British Ornithologist’s Union; tracing WWII ship movements from records held by Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury)   - Beau W. Rowlands
    Book Review: “RMS St Helena and the South Atlantic Islands” by Robert A. Wilson - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 34 - Spring 2007
    From the Editor   - A.H. Schulenburg
    Obituary:  Trevor Hearl: Teacher, Historian, and Pianist  - Michael D. Mueller
    Obituary:  For Trevor Hearl  - Dan Yon
    Correspondence (tribute to Trevor Hearl) - Lord Beaumont of Whitley
    Obituary:  A Tribute for Trevor Hearl  - Dorothy Evans
    Obituary:  Trevor Hearl - A Tribute  - Basil George
    Obituary:  Trevor Hearl  - Colin Fox
    Obituary:  Tony Cross and Trevor Hearl - A Tribute - Angela Wigglesworth
    Obituary:  Trevor Hearl  - Lawson Henry
    How Secure Was St Helena in 1815? (commentary of James Johnson’s description of St Helena as a secure place to hold Napoleon)   - Trevor W. Hearl
    John Charles Melliss, 1835-1910  - Trevor W. Hearl
    St Helena - An Economic Snapshot (past attempts by UK administrators to achieve viable economy for the island) - Trevor W. Hearl
    The Birth of St Helena's Own Shipping Service (description of events leading to Curnow Shipping winning contract to operate St Helena’s shipping link) - Andrew Bell
Issue 35 - Autumn 2007  
    From the Editor   - A. H. Schulenburg
    The St Helena Wirebird: The Island’s Only Endemic Bird is Now a Critically Endangered Species  - Vince Thompson
    A ‘Wicked’ Design: The St Helena Slave Rebellion of 1695 - Stephen R. Royle
    Potato Patch Pedal Power: Exploring Tristan da Cunha by Bicycle  - Simon Levell
    St Helena Parallels with El Hierro in the Canary Islands (economic differences between the two islands) - Ian Mathieson
    Napoleon on HMS Bellerophon and HMS Northumberland: A Letter  - Eunice Shanahan
    CD Review: St Helena -1962 by Charles Frater  - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 36 - Spring 2008
    From the Editor   - A. H. Schulenburg
    The Loss of the SS Papanui, 1911:  A Letter (from a passenger en-route to Australia) - Bill Beattie
    St Helena's Millennium Forest: A Symbol of the Fight to Defend Fragile Eco-Systems (reforestation of part of the Great Wood area) - Vince Thompson
    Robert Bruce:  Memories of the Early Island Civil Service (article published in American newspaper in 1930s) - Ian Bruce
    Australia's First Fleet: A St Helena Sequel (description of St Helena in 1792 by Lieut. Bradley on HMS Sirius on homeward voyage after shipping first batch of convicts to Australia) - Trevor W. Hearl
    Book Reviews:  “The Bennett Letters:  A 19th Century Family in St Helena, England and Cape Town” by Colin Fox; “Fernão Lopes ‑ A South Atlantic Robinson Crusoe” by Beau W. Rowlands, - A.H. Schulenburg
    From the Editor   - A. H. Schulenburg
    Biography:  Thomas R. Bruce - The Life of a Saint (1862-1956) - Ian Bruce
    Biography:  William Thomas of Coity, Wales, and St Helena (1797-1829)  - Neil Walklate
    Biography:  Capt. Matthew Bazett (d.1719) - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 38 - 2009
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    World affairs and their effect on St Helena shipping (description of shipping calling at or passing St Helena, mainly in the 1960s - Richard Grainger
    The Caesars of St Helena (earliest ancestors, ethnicity, emancipation and later generations) - John Gardiner
    Writing about St Helena: Purposes, motives and preparations - A.H. Schulenburg
    Mutiny of the Frank N. Thayer, 1886 (report written on mutiny by American Consul, James A. MacKnight - Richard Grainger
    Book Review: “The Company's Island: St Helena, Company Colonies and the Colonial Endeavour” by Stephen Royle - A.H. Schulenburg
Issue 39 - 2010
    From the Editor - A. H. Schulenburg
    Preface (comments on the background to Robert Johnston's article) - Charles Frater
    Historic Saint Helena:  Island Near the Sun (description of a visit to the island in January 1962) - Robert H. Johnston
Issue 40 - 2011
    From the Editor - Colin Fox
    Chasing the Slavers:  The establishment of the Vice Admiralty Court of St Helena and its early cases - Stephane Van de Velde
    The Emperor's Grave:  A sketch of St Helena,1839 (in addition to section about the tomb, also includes a description of visit including disembarkation, buildings, botanical gardens, Saul Solomon and Longwood) - Mrs Postans
    The Latter Days of Slavery:  Where did all the women go? (under-representation of female slaves in the statistics) - Colin Fox
    St Helena Diaspora:  Writing and visualising the St Helena Diaspora:  One Hundred Men and Sathima's Windsong  - Dan Yon
    The Belle Poule and the Exhumation of Napoleon - John Tyrrell
    Tailpiece (request for articles and guidelines to be followed) - Colin Fox
Issue 41 - 2012
    From the Editor - Colin Fox
    The Trevor Hearl Collection at Rhodes House Library, Oxford (Description of books, some extremely rare, donated with research papers to the Bodleian Library) - John Pinfold
    The 36th Governor Vice-Admiral Sir Charles Elliott (Description of overall career) - Jon Bursey
    Philip Scipio's Grave (Gravestone in Devon of a slave brought from St Helena to England where he died aged 18-20 in 1734) - London Cornish Association Newsletter, 2007
    The Napoleonic Stamps of St Helena - Austin Meares
    A History of St Helena's Public Seal - Edward Baldwin
    Governor William Grey-Wilson, Letters to his mother (Letters donated by Bernard Mabbett written in 1887 when working as Acting Governor, describing the island at that time and describing his duties) - Colin Fox (Transcription)
    Report of Surf in James' Bay from 5th to 8th March 1821 (A report of the loss of life and damage inflicted on the island resulting from 'rollers') - Anon - Extract from 1827 meeting St Helena Agriculture & Horticultural Society
    Rex v Robert Wright (Transcript of a court case brought against Captain Robert Wright in 1818 for ill-treating and beating his slave Lucy) - Extracted from St Helena Session Book, 1818
    Tailpiece (Removal of list of Honorary members from Inside cover; publication of St Helena Britannica: Studies in South Atlantic Island History scheduled for publication in 2013; other Society research projects; book reviews will continue to feature in St Helena Connection; recommended reading; appeal for articles to go into Wirebird) - Colin Fox
Issue 42 - 2013
   From the Editor - Colin Fox

  Our Melliss Family - A St Helena Connection (The Life of John Melliss who was an Assistant Surgeon in the HEIC, posted to St Helena) - Dennis Bush-King

  The Soldier and the Harbour Master (The Story of father & son, both named George Randal Bruce, soldier & Harbour Master) - Ian Bruce

  Some Observations on the St Helena Man and Horse Signal Station - Chris and Sheila Hillman

  Rex v Robert Wright (Part 2 of Transcript of a court case brought against Captain Robert Wright in 1818 for ill-treating and beating his slave Lucy) - Extracted from St Helena Session Book, 1818 - Colin Fox

  Excerpt from the St Helena Gazette 18 September 1806 - recommendations from a surgeon/dentist, plus amusing anecdote - Colin Fox

  Doctor Verling (A Surgeon during Napoleon's imprisonment on St Helena) - Richard Grainger

  Book Review - St Helena Britannica (Review of book by Trevor W. Hearl and edited by A.H. Schulenburg) - John Pinfold

  Tailpiece (Outline of a future publication by Friends of St Helena, to be called "A Precarious Livelihood") - Colin Fox
 - Colin Fox
Issue 43 - 2014

From the Editor - Colin Fox

William A Thorpe, 1842-1918 (a "most outstanding island-born businessman") - Ian Bruce & Nick Thorpe

The Historic Japanese Visitors to St. Helena (a literature survey) - Takeshi Sugimoto (Kanagawa University)

The Legend of the "Slaves" of Maldivia (the source of this legend appeared in Governor Janisch's Extracts from the St Helena Records) - John Tyrrell

Memories of St Helena (Originally published under the title "St Helena as it was sixty-five years ago") - Lichen

Information ref. researching at the British Library (St Helena East Company records) - Colin Fox

Mutiny on the Worcester (the Court case and its aftermath) - Colin Fox

Saul Solomon and the Margate Murder (a "foul murder" in 1786) - Colin Fox

Tail piece - (ideas for future editions of Wirebird;  poem: The Searchlight (Joubert Reitz);  next FoSH publication: "A Precarious Livelihood") - Colin Fox