May Newsletter 2020


Designed by Scottish architect Robert Gillies, of Taylor and Gillies, Killarney was built between 1902 and 1904 by Charles Fourier Stollmeyer, Pennsylvania born asphalt manufacturer. The scheme, also known as Stollmeyer’s Castle, was based on part of Balmoral Castle, although here alludes to its Caribbean setting with the addition of a verandah. Rudylynn Roberts, CHF’s International Advisory Committee member from Trinidad and Tobago, describes its repurposing here.


The Thiepval Memorial is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. Over forty-five metres high, it dominates the landscape for miles around. Cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), it stands in Northern France where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place. The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of the British and South African forces who died on the Somme and have no known grave, Jon Gedling of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission writes more here.


Following the completion of the Grytviken Conservation Management Plan by Purcell Architects in 2018, the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands has been implementing several of the recommendations including the repair and reinstatement of the Shackleton memorial cross at Hope Point and the re-levelling of eroded ground around Shackleton’s Grave, both of which are popular tourist attractions writes CHF Trustee, Rowenna Wood. The ship repair yard, the ground which previously covered the historic slipway has been removed to expose the slipway timbers.  Read on

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