Exiled to paradise: 4 famous or royal residents who died in Seychelles
( Joe Laurence, Seychelles News Agency)
(Seychelles News Agency) - The famous and the royal are among the many visitors to the tropical paradise of Seychelles. Some of those in the famous/royal category have even lived in exile in the island nation. And for a few of those, the heavenly islands of 115-island archipelago even became their final resting place.
1) Yaa Asantewaa, queen mother of Ejisu in the Ashanti Empire—now part of modern-day Ghana, died while in exile in the Seychelles in 1921. Three years after her death her brother, also in exile, King Prempeh, was given permission to return to Asante, Ghana. He made sure that the remains of his sister went back to her land of birth for a proper royal burial.
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2) The wife of Sultan Abdullah of Perak -- now modern day Malaysia -- died in Seychelles in the late 1890’s. She was buried in the Mont Fleuri cemetery in an area dedicated to those from the Muslim faith. Sultan Abdullah was exiled in Seychelles in 1877. Sultan spent 17 years here accompanied by 37 other citizens, his wives, family and servants.
Sultan Abdullah was allegedly partly responsible for the murder of James Birch, the British Resident of Perak, so he was sent to the Seychelles as a punishment.
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3) Sir John Thorp who was the governor of Seychelles in the late 1950s was a British citizen who died in Seychelles on August 14th 1961. Thorp was the last governor of Seychelles to be buried at the State house in Victoria.
Thorp died in a heroic attempt to rescue two boys who were on the verge of drowning while bathing in the Grand Anse sea, on the west coast of Mahe. Thorp along with Maurice Boulle, the financial secretary, drowned while making the rescue attempt in rough seas. The rescue team found both bodies a quarter of a mile away.
John Thorp was 49 years old when he died. Boulle was 53.
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4) Dennis Ronald Sherman was a British author who settled in Seychelles 1968-69.
He so loved the island of Praslin that after some visits he settled on the island and married a local lady. Sherman’s writings were greatly influenced by the Seychelles' islands. His book covers are a fine illustration of that. His book ‘Brothers of the Sea’ was even included in English literature collections to be studied. Dennis Ronald Sherman died in 1989 and was buried on his second home Praslin.
Source: local researcher Tony Mathiot
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