ROYAL CRESCENT, JOSEPH SINEL (1844-1929) Naturalist and archaeologist
At fifteen he started work in Voisin's Furniture Department of which he later became Manager. His spare time was spent at St. Clement, looking at the marine life revealed at low tide. Then he decided to resign from Voisin's and devote his life to Natural Science, doing taxidermy, collecting Jersey's wild birds, and lecturing on local zoology, botany and geology. Unfortunately though he did not have much lasting success with his Biological Station and Aquarium opened in 1883 on the site of the present Marina Hotel at Havre des Pas, his Jersey Oyster Culture Company, or with extracting osmiridium from local diorite. In 1906 the Société Jersiaise asked him to re-arrange the Museum of which, a year later, he became Curator until his death. His many books include "Geology of Jersey" (1912) and "The Complete Guide to Jersey" (1896). The plaque reads:- "JOSEPH SINEL 1844-1929, JERSEY NATURALIST AND ARCHAEOLOGIST LIVED IN THIS HOUSE."