My first and greatest debt is to my fellow contributors, who undertook a great deal of original research, without any reward, before producing essays which cover a wide range of personalities at very different periods of history. It will be clear from the List of Contributors that several have been exceptionally generous with their time and talents.
They and I owe a great deal to the Falkland Islands Government which has provided me with funds to cover the basic expenses of an editor – postage, stationery and the establishment of a website. In the year of publication Government has contributed a substantial sum to cover printing costs. At no time have they even considered seeking any editorial control.
All the contributors are also indebted to Stanley Services Limited, who have funded the provision of a copy of the finished Dictionary to each of them. As there are well over one hundred contributors, this represents a very generous gesture. I have also received gifts from Sir Cosmo Haskard and Mrs Mary Fullerton which have touched and encouraged me.
As Editor I have a particular debt to the Falkland Islands Government Archivist in Stanley, Jane Cameron, and her assistant, Tansy Newman. Jane’s knowledge of Falklands history is unmatched and she has been very generous to me and to every other contributor who has sought her help. The Dictionary simply could not have been completed without her.
Because the Dictionary was in danger of spreading beyond a single volume, I have had to restrict the space allowed to contributors for references, further reading lists and acknowledgements. May I thank on their behalf the large number of librarians, archivists (particularly school archivists – unfailingly helpful), museum and gallery curators, and friends, relations and former colleagues of DFB subjects who have contributed information, insights and illustrations to the finished volume?
Thanks are due to Stefan Heijtz, who has edited and produced the DFB website over five years and to the staff of the Falkland Islands Government Office in London, (Sukey Cameron, Melissa Rawlinson and Colin Patterson-Smith) who have provided invaluable help with the copying and production of drafts of the Dictionary. And to Michael John Tatham, Fiona Sparrow and Elizabeth Anson who have proof read the final text.
In conclusion, I express my sincere thanks to the designer of this book, Robert Still of Wild Guides. He has not only produced a very handsome volume, but he has guided me through the printing and distribution process. I am deeply grateful to him.
I hope they feel the Dictionary is worth it all.