The Winter Review is out now


The Winter edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains articles about Australian celebrity Cameron Daddo’s visit to Guernsey to discover his Guernsey roots as part of the latest series of the Australian “Who Do You Think You Are”, Japanese professor Kazuhito Kawashima examines the influence Guernseyman Prof Herbert Fleure had on the study of Geography and Marine Zoology. To mark the end of the year where we celebrated the 75th Anniversary of Liberation, Diana Nicole relates her experiences of evacuation and the challenges of reuniting families after liberation. Bringing things right up to date, Maisie Foote reports on the first Island-Wide Election which took place in October 2020.

“Guernsey Around the World” article follows French explorer Jean Baptiste Charcot to Antarctica to discover a mountain he named after Guernsey during his 1909 expedition.

The usual features including book reviews, a round-up of local news and the latest plans for Society meetings are also included.

Those who have signed up for electronic copies can download them now from The Review page.

The Review is sent to free to members three times a year.

The Spring 2019 Review is out now!


It contains a range of articles on the island including “The Colourful World of Guernsey Stamps” based on Keith Le Page’s talk to a recent London meeting; “Sea Scouting in Guernsey” – Bill Hill’s memories of scouting in the island and George Matheson’s article about his attempts to discover the age of a St Martin’s farmhouse using carbon dating techniques.

We also include the poem that won the Guernsey Society trophy for local poetry in this year’s Eisteddfod – Pippa McCathie’s “Early Morning at the Fort with Ghosts”.

Guernsey-related place names explored in this edition include Sarre Avenue, Hornchurch, Guernsey Drive in Fleet, Hampshire and Ruette Godfrey in Guernsey.

Books reviewed include Howard Smith’s “Rupert: The Bear Facts” about the Daily Express comic strip bear, created by Guernseyman Herbert Tourtel; Rose-Marie Crossan’s “A Women’s History of Guernsey, 1850-1950″ ; and Duncan Barrett’s “Hitler’s British Islands”.

All this and a round-up of the news from Guernsey, and usual Society notices.

The Review is sent free to members three times a year.

The Spring 2018 Review is out now

This year marks the 75th Anniversary for the Guernsey Society – and our first edition of The Review includes details of our republication of “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand – the first account of the occupation published by the society in 1946. We also look forward to our celebratory lunch in September with our special guest, Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey and President of the Guernsey Society.

Our first Review of the year includes a broad selection of articles – including New Zealand member Bridget Bridle’s account of her long-lost sister, Bruce Parker’s story of an acclaimed Victorian Guernsey daffodil grower, Michael Paul’s account of an aeronautical American cousin and Susan Ilie’s tour of the Lost Chapels of St Sampsons.

We also include the Eisteddfod-winning entry to the Guernsey Society trophy for Local Poetry – ‘The Little Aunts’ by Sarah Conlan. Our tour of Guernsey place-names around the world arrives at Guernsey Way in Herne Hill in South-East London, and we reveal a surprising early connection between the island and the John Lewis partnership – predating the arrival of Waitrose by 160 years.

As usual, we also include a summary of the latest Island News, Society News and a selection of book reviews.

The Review is published three times a year and is sent free to members around the world.


Book Launch: Guernsey Under German Rule, 5 April 2018

You are cordially invited to a book launch for “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand.

As former librarian of the Priaulx Library, it seems particularly appropriate to hold it in the Priaulx Library during the Heritage Festival.

Come along and learn more about the man behind the first official book about the occupation.

Thursday 5 April, 6pm at the Priaulx Library – all welcome!

You can find out more about the book on our Guernsey Under German Rule page.

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Society republishes “Guernsey Under German Rule”

Guernsey Under German RuleThe Guernsey Society is pleased to announce that we are republishing “Guernsey Under German Rule” by Ralph Durand, to mark our 75th Anniversary in 2018.

Guernsey Under German Rule, originally published in 1946, was the first account of the German Occupation of this Channel Island during World War 2, written at the request of the Bailiff, Sir Victor Carey.

Its author, Ralph Durand, had lived in Guernsey throughout the occupation where he was the librarian of the Priaulx Library. He describes the main events of the five years of Nazi occupation based on first-hand experience, as well as privileged access to the minutes of the Controlling Committee. The result is an authoritative and compelling account of World War 2 in the Bailiwick of Guernsey, told by someone who had lived through it.

This second edition, with a Foreword by Sir Richard Collas, Bailiff of Guernsey, and a new biographical introduction by Stephen Foote, Vice Chairman of the Guernsey Society, is being published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Guernsey Society.

The Priaulx Library will be hosting a launch event on Thursday 5 April at 6pm – all welcome.

If you would like to order a copy – please visit our Guernsey Under German Rule page.