2023 Authors

Erica Berntsen B Agr Sc is a 7th generation islander and grew up on a sheep farm on West Falkland where she inherited her father’s passion for farming.  Erica began working at the Department of Agriculture as an Agricultural Assistant in 2012, primarily focused on agronomy. In 2016, she was successful in applying to Charles Sturt University in NSW, Australia to study Agricultural Science. She graduated in 2019 and found work with a commodity price risk management advisory business. From there she joined a team specialising in whole-farm benchmarking for a period of time. Finally, she was a sales agronomist for an agrichemical manufacturing company before returning to the Falkland Islands in 2022, and securing the Assistant Agricultural Advisory post. Erica has a passion for assisting the farming community in any way that she can, which has been the driving force in her career thus far.

Gerald Cheek was born in the Falklands and educated in Stanley. He started work as an apprentice electrician in the Government Power Station and remained working there from 1956 until 1976.  He then joined the Aviation Department and trained in air traffic control in England, returning to work at Stanley Airport when it opened in November 1977. He remained with the Civil Aviation Department, becoming the director in 1980 and retired from the Falkland Islands Government in 2001.

Bill Featherstone has made multiple donations of papers and ephemera to the Falkland Islands Museum and to over 20 museums in the UK and Europe. He has just retired as Editor of the Upland Goose, Journal of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group, after 18 years in charge, and is now concentrating, as Trustee and Treasurer, on the exciting projects being undertaken by the Falkland Maritime Heritage Trust.

Hugh Osborne has been collecting Falkland Island stamps for at least the last 35 years, now specializing in South Georgia Postal History.  He was Chairman of the Falkland Islands Philatelic Study Group 2006 to 2013 and is a Fellow of the Royal Philatelic Society, London, and Secretary of the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum and the Jane Cameron National Archives (FIMA). 

Stephen Palmer served as Rector of Christ Church Cathedral in the 1990s. During his time in the Falklands he was encouraged by Jane Cameron to start contributing to the Falkland Islands Journal – and he has done so every year since 1995. On his return to the UK he completed a PhD on a Falklands-related subject. He is now retired from full-time ministry.

Phil Stone is a Research Associate with the British Geological Survey. He has worked in South Georgia (with the British Antarctic Survey) and the Falkland Islands where, between 1998 and 2008, he acted as geological adviser to the Department of Mineral Resources.

David Tatham was born in York in 1939, read history at Wadham College, Oxford and entered the Diplomatic Service in 1960. From 1992 to 1995 he was governor of the Falkland Islands and commissioner for South Georgia. After retiring in 1999 he edited and published a Dictionary of Falklands Biography in 2008. He is a vice-president of the Falkland Islands Association, president of the South Georgia Association and president of the Friends of the Falkland Islands Museum and Jane Cameron National Archives.  

Edward Walsh has researched and written about 19th century Irish migration history and the Irish people (including the Catholic priests) who came to live and work in the Falklands.  He was awarded a Shackleton Scholarship in 2006 and is a contributor to the Dictionary of Falklands Biography. He lives and works in London.