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Subject: Fw: Wallabies on Herm
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 10:27:09 +0100

Definitely no Wallabies any more - only rabbits!

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From: Danny Stapleton <>
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Date: Friday, October 01, 1999 07:11
Subject: Wallabies on Herm

Hi to all fellow Channel Island listers.

I know this is a bit off subject, but I was curious about something I found
in a book, in reference to the island of Herm. I recently picked up a copy
of Leslie Thomas's great book 'Some Lovely Islands', at my local library. I
have forwarded this to Roger de Carteret also, for his opinion.

I hope I don't distract you all from your research, especially if you
already know the story. But maybe the other listers might like to hear about
another link between we Australians and the Channel Islands. The Jersey and
Guernsey men didn't just come to our great land, we also had some Australian
natives do the reverse journey.

In this lovely book Mr Thomas tells the story of the Nineteenth century
owner of the island of Herm, Prince Blucher von Wahlsatt. The good prince
introduced wallabies to the island. Wallabies to all non Australians, are
small relatives of the kangaroo. It seems they flourished and numbers
increased until the Prince's Butler and Chef had themselves a bit of a
hunting expedition, while the Prince was absent of course. They wiped the
population out, all but two of the marsupials ending up in the pot.

This isn't the end of the story however. Mr. Thomas goes on to retell the
tale of the young sentry from the South Staffordshire Regiment. In 1915, at
the height of the Great War, the sentry upon being observed running from his
post on the island, in terror. Reported that he was "attacked by a perishing
kangaroo". This was some years after the hunting expedition.

Do any of our Channel Island cousins, still resident on the Islands, know if
any of the wallabies are still living happily on Herm, today.

This book is by the 'Leslie Thomas', probably better known as the author of
the Virgin Soldiers book series. Was first published in 1968, so is
obviously still in copyright. Please don't ask me to do major look ups, or
to print off slabs of it for you. As I wont do that under copyright rules.
My wife is a librarian and my life would be forfeit, if I even suggested
such a thing. So please go and borrow the book from your own libraries,
those of you, like me, who have never seen the Channel Islands, will be

The Channel Island portion of the book is only quite small, less than 30
pages so there isn't much in the way of Genealogical significance to the
general researcher, just a good little read and great photographs. Unless of
course you are descended from Helier de Cartaret the original ruler of Sark.
I am sure our own Roger de Carteret is well away of the book and his
forefathers place in Channel Island history.

SOME LOVELY ISLANDS; text by by Leslie Thomas, Photographs by Arlington
ISBN 0 85140 586 X
Published by Arlington Books Ltd. 3 Clifford Street, Mayfair, London, W1

This e-mail message is from
The Stapleton Family
Cooma, NSW - Capital of the Snowy Mountains
ICQ 37648911

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