Although born and raised in Bermuda, Anglican clergyman Ernest Graham Ingham spent his entire working life overseas, mostly in the UK, but also in Sierra Leone, where he was Bishop for nearly 14 years. He was a white Bermudian who made a singular contribution to the community of black Anglicans in segregated Bermuda.
Ingham, who was known as Graham, was the inspiration for the establishment of the black-led Guild of the Good Shepherd, the Anglican church’s oldest lay organisation. He also laid the groundwork for a move to Sierra Leone by black Bermudian Frederick Edmondson. Edmondson began life in Sierra Leone as a missionary, and in 1903, he became the first black Bermudian to be ordained an Anglican priest.
Seven pairs of cahows, a species long thought to have been extinct, were found on three islands off Castle Harbour—an event hailed by naturalists around the world.
The team that rediscovered the birds was led by Robert Cushman Murphy, curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History. He was accompanied by Louis Mowbray, curator of the Bermuda Aquarium, and a 15-year-old schoolboy, David Wingate.
The rediscovery of the seabirds which had blanketed the Bermuda skies by the thousands four centuries ago inspired David Wingate to devote his life to rescuing them from extinction.
As Government Conservation Officer, he led the restoration of Nonsuch Island into a nature reserve for the island’s flora and fauna, including the cahow.
Source: "Bermuda—Five Centuries" by Rosemary Jones
Louis Mowbray (left), and Robert Cushman Murphy , pictured in 1951, holding living proof of the cahow’s existence.