Posted on December 14, 2018
Pebble Island has been in the Dean family for 150 years but the great-great grandson of the original buyer, Sam Harris, from Pembrokeshire, has said it is time to sell up. It boasts five different species of penguins, 42 species of bird, sea lions, 6,000 sheep and 125 cattle.
“It’s an amazing place,” Mr Harris said. “Unfortunately, it’s just become too hard to manage.”
Over the years, the family have sold off other islands there, and now only Pebble is left in their possession. No members of the family have lived on the island since the 1950s, and it is now managed by Mr Harris’s mother, Claire, from the UK. The island came into the family’s possession in 1869, when it was purchased for just £400 by John Markham Dean alongside a few neighbouring islands. He had gone to the Falklands to set up a fish curing business after working in a butchery.
“As a family, everyone has been allowed to go,” Mr Harris said. “All the grandchildren have been able to go there with our husbands or wives and our children. My wife, Lowri and I went there in 2011, and we had a close affinity with it. We talked about living there and taking over the hospitality side of the island, but it came as we were having children. It was a difficult decision, but it comes down to the fact that my mum and dad aren’t in a position to continue managing it. It’s going to be difficult to say goodbye to it.”