News about and from the Tristan da Cunha community both on the island and overseas.

'So This is Tristan da Cunha' updated and reprinted in 2019

So This is Tristan da Cunha: A Photo Guide to the World's Loneliest Island in the South Atlantic Ocean 1974-1978

by Nigel Humphries (former Head Teacher of the island school)

Book cover: Nigel Humphries 'So This is Tristan da Cunha' Longboat in Calshot Harbour
Tristan from Nightingale, and longboats in the harbour

Four decades on, the book: 'So this is Tristan da Cunha' has been re-written, and the illustrations greatly improved using techniques now available in the digital age.

All the original black and white photographs have been rescanned, and the text has been re-written. The cover is now in colour, with two of the author's watercolours, painted on Nightingale Island, on the back.

The inside back cover has an update entitled 'Where are they now?' which gives a short account of the Humphries family since they left Tristan.

All profits from the sale of this book will go to the Tristan da Cunha 2019 Storm Damage Emergency Fund.

Further details will be announced shortly. If you email your address to Nigel at,
stating how many copies you may want, he will get back to you when the book is ready to order.

Emergency Fund Appeal, including JustGiving


Tristan da Cunha experienced a hurricane force storm on the night of the 18th/19th July 2019 which caused extensive damage in the settlement and elsewhere. The fishing factory that underpins Tristan's economy, and key government buildings were devastated, as were the school, the crèche, and the Post Office and Tourism Centre (which holds the island's museum and archives). Thankfully, there was minimal damage to private homes and no one was injured.

The Emergency Fund

The UK Government and the factory owners, Ovenstones, are organising and funding emergency repairs, but more resources will be required for the longer term recovery. The Tristan da Cunha Association has therefore launched an Emergency Fund to support the restoration.

Initial target of GB£250,000

The money raised will be used for relief purposes in response to requests from the island or chosen in close consultation with our island colleagues.

Large Association logo

Roof of St Mary's School damaged by the storm of July 2019

The roof of St Mary's School. Just one of the buldings badly damaged by the storm of July 2019

See our Storm of July 2019 page for the full story and emerging news.

At the time of writing (31st July 2019), the detailed needs of the island are still being assessed. Initially, we anticipate buying books, equipment and supplies to help get the school and crèche back up and running, and helping with the restoration of the museum and archives, which are vital repositories of Tristan's heritage. These aims may change and we expect to add other projects once the needs are better identified.

Donation Options

Donate online via

The page we have set up is probably the easiest way to donate to the Emergency Fund. The web address is:

Please feel free to share this link on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Please note that the JustGiving part of this campaign is specifically targeted at help the school and other educational facilities on the island back to normal, under the auspices of the Education Trust Fund. Donations made using any of the options below may also be used for non-educational relief efforts.

Online bank transfer:

Account Name: Tristan da Cunha Association  -  Bank: Barclays  -  Sort Code: 20-81-00  -  Acc No: 70889652
IBAN: GB63 BARC 2081 0070 8896 52  -  SWIFTBIC:n BARCGB22
Please quote 'Emergency Fund' as a reference

Credit Cards (eg if you are paying from abroad)

Please contact Association Secretary Jim Kerr : (in two or more separate emails for security)
Please include: your Name as shown on the card - the 16-digit Card Number - Type of card (eg Visa / Mastercard) - Expiry Date - Security Number
Please quote 'Emergency Fund' as a reference

Payment by Cheque:

Make cheques payable to 'Tristan da Cunha Association', and write 'Emergency Fund' on the back
Please send to the Association Secretary:
Jim Kerr, 24, Rectory Road, Dickleburgh, Norfolk, IP21 4NW, UK

Tristan Association Members:

People renewing their membership or wishing to join the Association can also make a donation to the Emergency Fund at the same time using the Membership Form.

Your Contact details

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Telephone (optional):  
By entering your contact details you are consenting to the Tristan da Cunha Association retaining and using the information given in accordance with its Data Protection Policy (A copy of which is on the website).

August 2019 Newsletter



44 pages of Tristan news and features, plus 2 page supplement, published in August 2019.

  • Cover: Rex Phillips' painting of HMS Leopard approaching Tristan in October 1961
  • 2019 Island Council Election and profile of the new Chief Islander, James Glass
  • Administrator Sean Burns' Six Monthly Review
  • HE Governor Philip Rushbrook takes up office
  • RRS Discovery Expedition to the Tristan Islands
  • Partnership or power-struggle? Chris Carnegy gives a personal view
  • Tristan Family News
  • Education News
  • Shipping News
  • Tristan Community News
  • Tourism and Post Office News including Latest Tristan Stamp Issues
  • A Vet's Tale by Aniket Sardana
  • Tristan Association Annual Gathering
  • Stewart Miller presents a report and photos of HMS Leopard at Tristan in October 1961
  • Tristan Association Matters
  • Maps to Mull Over
  • Supplement: July 2019 Storm Damage : Emergency Fund launched

Obituary for Lewis Glass

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Lewis Glass, who passed away 19th February 2019, aged 70.
Full story >>

Uncovering Tristan's Architectural Heritage

Jason Green and Natalie Swain have stripped one of Tristan's oldest stone houses back to its skeleton, revealing original features, prior to renovation.
Full story >>

Joyce Hagan's 80th and Debbie Swain's 40th joint birthday party

Photographs of mother and daughter Joyce Hagan's 80th & Debbie Swain's 40th birthday celebrations.
Full story >>

Leanne Swain's 21st Birthday

Photographs of Leanne Swain's 21st Birthday celebrations.
Full story >>

Obituary for Violet Brown (née Repetto)

Obituary for Tristan da Cunha islander Violet Brown, who passed away in England 18th April 2019, aged 79.
Full story >>

2019 Annual Gathering

Report on the 2019 Association Annual Gathering in Southampton, where members socialised, watched films, and visited stalls. Aniket Sardana gave a talk on Tristan through a vet's eyes.
Full story >>