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Remembering the Reef Hotel


Exactly forty-five years ago, it was the first modern tourist resort to open in Seychelles.  It accommodated the first generation of our airline tourists.  Tony Mathiot recalls the glory and the fall of the Reef Hotel.  There it is, on your left, a short distance after the Anse Aux Pins Police Station, opposite the Victoria Car Hire, 9 miles from ...

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President Faure publicly signs law to officially start budget release process


President Danny Faure has officially signed the Appropriation Act to start the process to release the national budget for the year. This follows the approval on Wednesday by the National Assembly of a supplementary appropriation which authorises reallocation of budget for the STB ,the Tourism ministry as well as other entities which had requested additional financial assistance. It is the ...

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New VP, first woman designated minister and new minister sworn in


Former designated minister and minister responsible for Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports Vincent Meriton was sworn in yesterday morning  as the new vice-president. During the same ceremony, the Minister for Education Macsuzy Mondon became the first woman to occupy the position of designated minister while Dr Peter Larose took his oaths as a new minister. The swearing in ceremony, ...

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Seychelles’ new President: Danny Faure sworn in to office, calls for unity


Danny Faure was sworn in to office on Sunday, becoming the Seychelles’ fourth president since the island nation gained independence from Britain. Faure succeeds outgoing President James Michel, whose resignation announced last month took effect Sunday Faure, 54, took the oath of allegiance and the presidential oath in a ceremony held at State House in the capital, Victoria. Outgoing President ...

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The National Monuments of Seychelles


Here are the National Monuments of Seychelles! A gallery created especially for you by Tony Mathiot. The unique value of each one them resides in its historical, architectural or geological interest. Whilst some will galvanize and revitalize interest and concern for our architectural patrimony, others constitute powerful punctuation marks in the history of our political and social evolution and development.  ...

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The Fate of the Clémentine a Praslin Built Brig-Schooner in the Seychelles and “The Laplace Affair”


 Julien Durup a student of history wrote in a recent historical article titled “An Early Seychellois in Micronesia”, that the Clémentine as a bark which had left Sydney in mid-1836, with Louis Corgat a Seychellois as first mate en-route to Oahu Island, the third largest island in Hawaii.  We did so without knowing where the Clémentine was built. However, it was ...

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By Tony MATHIOT  Created almost 240 years after the first Indians arrived in Seychelles, the Vinayagar Temple is more than just a spiritual sanctuary.  It’s a veritable artistic wonder.  TONY MATHIOT (Marie-Cécile Sullivan) shares his (her) fascination…. It was a momentous occasion for the Hindu Community of Seychelles.  It was an event in the history of Seychelles.  It was the ...

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Seychelles Heritage Foundation : Club du patrimoine dans les écoles


Thirty-eight years ago, if you were boarding the Isle of Farquhar, you would have been told ‘bon appetit’ instead of ‘bon voyage’,… because our old beloved three master schooner moored at Les Mamelles had been turned into a floating restaurant with a capacity for 32 people. The schooner was built in Holland in 1906 and she was named ‘Zeemeeuw’. In ...

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History of the Seychelles NATION newspaper


The history of the now Seychelles Nation newspaper dates back to the 1920s. Between 1926 and 1929, the government started publishing a daily leaflet called Reuters’ Telegrams and Advertisers. In 1942, the name changed to Government Bulletin and 19 years later (in 1961) it was called Seychelles Bulletin. The newspaper kept this name until the day of independence – June ...

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