The Spring Review is out now!

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The Spring 2022 edition of The Review is on its way to members.

This edition contains themes of immigration, emigration and a conspiracy to assassinate the British Government!

Huguenots who sought refuge in the Channel Islands made their mark on the island in many ways. Jack Ozanne’s account of the de la Condamine family, shows that they made their mark not only in the Bailiwick, but also on the London stage, the Scottish wine trade, an Australian river, on the battlefields of World War 1, as well as on the Moon.

Many island families emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, and we explore the stories of two Guernsey families who made their marks on their new homes: a Guernsey poultry farmer who named a number of streets around Christchurch, New Zealand after his native island, and the Brache family whose mode of transport to their new life in Sydney made newspaper headlines.

We also explore the Guernsey connection to the Cato Street Conspiracy. In London in 1820, a gang of radical campaigners had been infiltrated by a government spy who masterminded a plot to assassinate the Cabinet. When the plot was foiled and the ringleaders were rounded up, the agent provocateur vanished. He was in fact in hiding in Guernsey, as is revealed in his secret correspondence with the Home Office.

The situation in Ukraine is of great concern across Europe, but sadly is nothing new. Victor Hugo’s 1863 appeal to Russian soldiers during their assault on Poland has eerie parallels to Ukraine today.

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

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