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

All Hands Day to Extend the Graveyard

Report and photos from Kelly Green

Tuesday 7th May 2024 was an all hands day on Tristan da Cunha. Staff in all departments left their day-to-day jobs to come together and work as a community to extended the graveyard.

Extending Tristan's graveyard

Men extending the dry stone boundary wall of Tristan's graveyard

All men and vehicles worked steadily, collecting stone from the 1961 Volcano stone, and extending the cemetery's boundary walls.

A JCB digger transporting lava stones from the 1961 volcano

JCB diggers transporting stones for the wall from the 1961 volcano

Days like these really show Tristan's community spirit and the importance of working together as a team.

Page Updated: Tristan da Cunha Association

The Tristan da Cunha Association is a UK registered charity which exists to support the Tristan community.
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Next Annual Gathering

The date and venue of the next Tristan da Cunha Association
Annual Gathering have not yet been set. Recent Gatherings have
taken place in Southampton, UK on a Saturday near Easter.

The Association's Committee plans well in advance and normally announces the date and venue of the next year's Annual Gathering at the end of each AGM. In March 2024 this was not possible because our usual venue, the Holiday Inn, Southampton will be refurbished and rebranded in 2025. Dates cannot yet be booked, although we do know that the hotel will be unavailable at our usual time. Similarly, we do not yet know what the prices will be.

The Committee is actively looking at other options, and an announcement will be made in due course. Meanwhile, if you have any suggestions or recommendations for alternative venues with good transport links that might be suitable, please contact Co-Chair John Cooper at

Pictures from the 2024 Annual Gathering

conchita Repetto with her UK family

Visiting Tristanians with family resident in the UK.

Italian visitors from Camogli

Five attendees from Camogli, Italy (the home town of two of Tristan's forefathers) with the Association's Co-Chairs.

For many more pictures, see our full report of the 2024 Gathering and the general Annual Gatherings page.

Tristan da Cunha Annual Gathering 2024

Report on the 2024 Annual Gathering in Southampton, where members socialised, watched a film, and visited stalls. Joe Hollins gave a talk on his vet work in the South Atlantic.
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Christening of Emily Tahlia Swain

Christening of Tristan da Cunha baby Emily Tahlia Swain to Riaan Repetto and Kelly Swain on 11th February 2024.
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Death Announcement for Sylvia Green

Death announcement for Tristan da Cunha islander Sylvia Green, who passed away 7th February 2024, aged 83.
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Vet Joe Hollins to speak at Annual Gathering

Author of new book 'Vet at the End of the Earth'
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Birth of Jayden Christopher Patrick Swain

Birth of Tristan da Cunha baby Jayden Christopher Patrick Swain to Philip Rogers and Rhyanna Swain on 27 January 2024.
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February 2024 Newsletter

Contents of the 'Tristan da Cunha Newsletter', February 2024,
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