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'Wide a Wake Fair', Ascension, 1884-01-27 - 1884-01-31

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y305K/51

Scope and Contents

200 x 146 mm. Showing huge numbers of nesting wideawakes (sooty terns) on Wideawake Plain, with a figure standing among them in the background. The breeding ground of these terns formed a valuable source of food for the naval garrison in the nineteenth century, who took thousands of eggs each year during ythe breeding season; these depredations do not appear to have posed any problems to the bird's survival however, and they were a considerable danger as they nested in their thousands beside the runway built during the Second World War by American forces.


  • 1884-01-27 - 1884-01-31

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Poor condition, some fading and yellowing, one torn patch.



Finding aid date

2004-08-31 16:24:57+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

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