THEN AND NOW
THE AUTHOR...Neil MacFall comes from Cheshire in
the UK, and worked for the Meteorological Office from 1957 -
2001. Until 2001, he was based at the Ascension Island Detachment,
where he had been on and off since 1998. He lived in Georgetown
with his wife Sue, who was the island's midwife. Neil and Sue
left the island in March 2001 to go into retirement, vowing
His hobbies include walking, geology, natural history, history
and (obviously) philately.
He started collecting stamps as a young lad, and about 25 years
ago decided to specialise in the South Atlantic.
His Ascension Island collection is impressive to behold. It
features virtually every stamp ever produced for the island,
and blends together photographic and philatelic images of our
We offer some excerpts from his work for your enjoyment.
Neil would like to acknowledge
the following research tools:
J E Packer - A Concise Guide to Ascension Island, Encyclopaedia
Brittanica and Microsoft Encarta.