Sue visited the Bartlett Library at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth recently to present Tony Pawlyn, the Museum's Head of Research, with a copy of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean'. Tony is the author of 'The Falmouth Packets' and was Sue's 'go-to' expert when she was researching the chapters on 'The Falmouth Packet Service' and 'In Defence of the Empire'.
Sue recently presented a copy of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean' to the Morrab Library in Penzance, Cornwall. The Morrab has an excellent Photo Archive which Sue used during her research.
The Morrab writes:
"It was a real pleasure to have author Sue Appleby here today as she presented a copy of her just published book 'The Cornish in the Caribbean' to our Librarian and Head of Photo Archive... This book, exploring a unique part of Cornish history, will soon be on our shelves and available for both borrowing and research."
The Book Shop at Liskeard, Cornwall is holding a Book Shop Event on Thursday, March 28 at 4.00 pm. Author: Sue Appleby, telling the story of 'The Cornish in the Caribbean', [and how she came to write it].
The Book Shop is at 2 Barras Street Liskeard.
The Book Shop writes: "We are delighted to welcome the author Sue Appleby to the Book Shop and hope that you will be able to join us to learn about the historical links between Cornwall and the Caribbean".
Comments on The Cornish in the Caribbean:
"Meticulously researched and highly readable"
Bridget Brereton, Professor Emerita, University of the West Indies, Trinidad. Author of 'Race Relations in Colonial Trinidad 1870-1900', ' A History of Modern Trinidad 1783-1962', and 'Ranjit Kumar: Bridging the East and the West (1912-1982)'.
"... very sprightly and accomplished. It was especially interesting to read about a venture [on Virgin Gorda] that was exactly contemporary with the Cobre Company." Professor Chris Evans, University of South Wales, Wales. Author of 'El Cobre: Cuban ore and the globalization of Swansea copper, 1830-1870', 'Carabali and Culies at El Cobre: African Slaves and Chinese Indentured Labourers in the Service of Swansea Copper', and 'Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery, 1660-1850'.
Sue Appleby has a developing interest in the influence of historical local, national and international events on family life. Her first book, "The Hammers of Towan: a Nineteenth-Century Cornish Family", looks at the impact of the Great Emigration on Cornish ancestors on her mother's side of the family.
She has just published "The Cornish in the Caribbean from the 17th to 19th Centuries" which tells the story of the contribution made by Cornish people in the Caribbean: the miners in the copper mines of Cuba and Virgin Gorda, and the mines of then British Guiana and Aruba; the captains and crews of the Falmouth Packet Mail service to the West Indies; Methodist missionaries; colonial governors; wealthy planters; navy and army personnel stationed in the Caribbean; pirates and buccaneers.
With a Master's Degree in Information and Library Management, she has spent most of her adult life in the Caribbean working for various international, regional, and national organisations. Married to Bernie Evan-Wong, she has two daughters, Meiling and Sarah, and lives in Antigua.