St Mary's Island is a wealth of stories -- of people, heritage, new life and hope.
Welcome to our web site that is growing as our Group grows.
We have already had some very successful meetings and set up some contact groups.
We have identified research that we want to do on this Island as well as present its many layers of history.
Take time to read our latest Newsletter and we will then look forward to meeting you soon.
Our Twenty Years and more booklets
There is a further booklet in the St Mary’s Island History Group series where we have drawn together history on the Dutch Raid on the River Medway of 1667. This is a compilation of information with some illustrations describing some of the history leading up to the raid and various accounts.
We also have our booklet on the Medway Hulks -- the de-masted hulks of warships fitted out to take hundreds of convicts and prisoners of war. They floated in the River Medway and off Sheerness with each having a crew of guardians and the convicts coming ashore to work.
We already have sold over a hundred copies of the booklet produced alongside the 20 Years of St Mary’s Island Exhibition. Not forgetting text and illustrations from our St Mary's Island 1914 - 2014 exhibition as booklets.
To get your booklet copies, priced £1, telephone Brian Portway on 01634 891708 or send us a contact message through our web site. Or see us at the meeting. We meet at St Mary's Island Community Centre, Island Way West, Chatham ME4 3EP on the second Monday each two months. See you there.
Who was this unknown soldier
Next Monday, 9 September, Military Historian Martin Stoneham will be joining us to lead us along the path he researched from when he saw a headstone in a World War One cemetery for 'an unknown soldier from the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment'.
This is a story of heroism, family and discovery bringing us to a very local connection. Hear about the research and detective work by Martin that drew together the facts from those many years ago.
We will also have some of our surprise extras about Island history.
Join us at St Mary's Island Community Centre off Island Way West. 7.30pm Visitors welcome £2 .
Although our annual subscription is the same, we are now asking all for £1 per person for refreshments to help balance the books as such.
Apologies that this information has arrived quite late as we have been upgrading the web site to make it easier to read on telephone and tablet.
We are still looking into the mystery of the burnt ship found as the massive Chatham Dockyard Extension project was underway in the late 19th Century. Some 15 metres down in the mud was found the partial hull of a burnt out ship as what is now the commercial basin was being built. It seems to come from the Dutch Raid of 1657 when two ships were burned at the mouth of St Mary's Creek.
Watchj this space.