Before the Second World War there was a zoo on the island which gave a home to animals presented to British representatives. The island is home to the State Ceremonial Gun Carriage which has conveyed the coffins of Kings and Queens to their final resting place. The island has its own museum and church of St Barbara as well as a Victorian Drill Shed. There is also a Chapel on the island.
Whale Island is not normally open to the public.
We were met at the security office as we drove onto the island and met by the Chaplain. He took us to the lovely little Chapel and answered all the questions we had. Although he was doubtful he would find the book containing the records of baptisms from 1935, he kindly took us to his office and searched through the Chapels archives.
Irene was thrilled when he found the book and the baptism entry ......