St. Helena timeline: Postscript

Sources are provided [within square brackets] at the end of each timeline entry, except for those sources which repeat. Recurring sources are (indicated by round parentheses), with the source citation abbreviated as shown in the following key:

  • BNA: The British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-05-16, 2015-06-27ff, by subscription); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  • Bertram 1852: St. Helena and the Cape of Good Hope: or, Incidents in the Missionary Life of the Rev. James M'Gregor Bertram, of St. Helena, by Edwin F. Hatfield (New York: Edward H. Fletcher, 1852).
  • Jackson: St. Helena: The Historic Island, by E.L. Jackson (New York: Thomas Whittaker, 1905).

Please note: Some articles contain language and characterizations which may have been in common use at the time the articles or stories were written, but which are no longer acceptable. Such language and chartacterizations do not reflect the opinions of the compiler or web site owner.

1850-02-18: Farewell services were conducted at the Baptist mission house, as the Rev. J. M'Gregor Bertram prepared to take leave for a season. (Bertram 1852, pg. 187)

1850-08-28: Death of Major-General Sir Patrick Ross, G.C.M.G., K.C.B., Governor of St. Helena. (Jackson, pp. 82, 295)

1850-11-18: Death of Lieut.-General Middlemore, former Governor of St. Helena, at Tunbridge Wells. (BNA: Manchester Courier, 30 Nov. 1850)

Imperial Parliament.
House of Commons, Monday.
  The St. Helena Regiment.
  Colonel Vandeleur asked the Under Secretary of State for War, whether there was any intention of breaking up the St. Helena Regiment: and, in that case, how the officers and men were to be disposed of.
  The Marquis of Hartington said it was not intended that the St. Helena Regiment should be immediately disbanded. But it was intended to be absorbed by the gradual draught of the men into other regiments. A considerable number of the officers had been already transferred to a West India regiment.
(BNA: London Standard, 23 June 1863)

1865: The St. Helena regiment, raised in this city [Winchester] about twenty years ago under Col. Simmonds, is, we understand, about to return to Winchester barracks, in the course of a few days, to be disbanded. The regiment now numbers about 200 men. (BNA: Alnwick Mercury, 25 Feb. 1865)

2012-03-08: British archaeologists have unearthed a slave burial ground containing an estimated 5,000 bodies on a remote South Atlantic island. The corpses were found on tiny St Helena, 1,000 miles off the coast of south-west Africa. Those who died were taken off the ships of slave traders by the Royal Navy in the 1800s, when Britain was suppressing the slavery in the Caribbean. Many of the captives died after being kept on the slavers' ships in appalling conditions, and later in refugee camps when they reached the island.
Source: "Archaeologists find graves containing bodies of 5,000 slaves on remote island," The Guardian (2012-03-08, ed. 2012-03-12),, accessed 2015-06-28.

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This page was first published on the 7th July 2015; subsequently edited, 15th July 2015.

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