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A Political History of the Pitcairn People ... by the Pitcairn Descendants

Thursday, September 19, 2019


Pitcairn Descendants (The Association of Norfolk Islanders) was formed in June 1977 by a group of 24 Norfolk Islanders of direct lineage to the original Pitcairn settlers. The group started as "The Committee for Democratic Self Government for Norfolk Island", then changed to "The Society of Descendants of Pitcairn Settlers", then changed in recent times to "The Society of Pitcairn Descendants". 

The Society was formed following on from the canvassing of the island for the "Solemn Declarations" of opinion on the Nimmo Report. The 24 men and women, all islanders of Pitcairn descent, who had been instrumental in collecting these Solemn Declarations, formed the nucleus of the Society, and membership was built up by members inviting others whom they knew to be of Pitcairn descent and who share the Society's aims and objectives. 



 

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The Journal of Fletcher Christian ... by Peter Corrin

Thursday, September 12, 2019


The Journal of Fletcher Christian with the history of Henry Corkill by Peter Corrin  


 
 

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New Norfolk Island book - Norfolk Island's Fascinating Flora

Thursday, September 05, 2019


Norfolk Island pines are seaside features of places around the world.  In contrast, 45 of Norfolk’s plants occur nowhere else and are hardly known even here.  The island has some of the world’s rarest plant species, with 47 being listed under Australian law as nationally threatened.  In 2003 the entire known populations of eleven species was fewer than fifty plants.  Our tiny island paradise has much more than its fair share of significant plants. 


Although Norfolk’s native plants are immensely important to the island’s landscape, few people know much about more than a handful.  Convict artist John Doody started drawing and painting them in 1791 or 1792, before the plants had names, but few of his illustrations have been published.  Famous botanical artist Ferdinand Bauer collected and painted many in 1804, leading to their formal naming.  Since then botanists have visited Norfolk from time to time but their work remains inaccessible to the community.

Now, at last, a book on Norfolk’s plants has been published.  It will enable readers to learn about all the native species and some of the most important introduced species, which include some of the world’s worst weeds.  Every species is illustrated, most by more than 400 photographs but also by paintings by Doody and Bauer, the majority previously unpublished.


The book also contains a chapter on the traditional use of plants on Norfolk, information which is fading from many memories as modern consumer culture displaces the way of life of the settlers from Pitcairn Island.


Another chapter discusses the extraordinary work of the botanists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, men who risked their lives to discover, collect and name the plants of Norfolk Island and other places.  They experienced hardship and terrifying risks which are unimaginable in this modern age — and our plants remain a testament to their scientific devotion.



 

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Ramblers Guide to Norfolk Island ... by Meral Hoare

Thursday, August 29, 2019


Text, black and white photos, line draw maps and also as an addition is a fold out map outlining an isometrical view of Kingston prior to 1856.

Places of interest and information on Norfolk Island.stapled small softcover, 116 gms, 79 pages. 

 

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Kingston Ceramics - A Dictionary of Ceramics Wares in the Norfolk Island Museum ... by Nigel Erskine

Thursday, August 22, 2019


The historic buildings at Kingston are a prominent reminder of the rich cultural heritage of this site. Invisible beneath the ground is an even larger resource of archaeological material spanning the entire history of settlement at Norfolk Island.

This is an easy reference to ceramics found at Kingston and will be of interest to anyone wishing to identify nineteenth century ceramics.
 


 

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Shark Tales and Yarns from Norfolk Island ... by Bob Tofts

Thursday, August 15, 2019


Loving a good yarn, Bob Tofts has gathered many years of stories about fishing and the sea. A series of anecdotes and reminiscences about sharks and shark fishermen and women of Norfolk Island


Very enjoyable and interesting reading.  


 

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Norfolk Island - Island of History and many delights ... by Jean Edgecombe

Thursday, August 01, 2019


Second, revised edition of a volume first published 1991.

A brief history of the Australian dependency of Norfolk Island, as well as a tourist guide to its key sites and social customs.

Author traces the story of the Pitcairn Island descendants and explains in detail the amenities and culture of the island today.

Includes colour and black-and-white photographs, maps and other illustrations, chronology, bibliography and index. 

 

 

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A Norfolk Legacy - A Documentary (DVD)

Thursday, July 25, 2019


A people history is the foundation of their future Holder Christian's dream was to record Norfolk's Oral history so that future generations may be acquainted with early life on Norfolk Island.

In 1991 Holder and a small, enthusiastic team began fundraising for a project that became known as A Norfolk Legacy. The Film and Television Department of the Queensland College of Arts was contracted to create the film. 

The story of Norfolk Island is told by numerous islanders and begins with the discovery by Captain Cook, includes information about the First and Second Settlements and the arrival of the Pitcairners in 1856.

Reminiscences, poetry, humour and amazing facts are included in this amazing DVD version of the original film.


 

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Pacific War 1941 - 1945 ... by Gil Hitch

Thursday, July 18, 2019


Norfolk Island's war history is not part of Australia's war history. 


In the official history of Australia in the war of 1939-45 a footnote on page 16 of Army Volume VI remarks that Norfolk Island in the south Pacific Area was garrisoned by New Zealand troops 1942-44 and refers the reader to the New Zealand Official Way History.

Gil Hitch has assembled all of the factual information he could find, into chronological sequence. He also learnt that the Norfolk aerodrome resulted from an initial interest of General MacArthur.

The Pacific War 1941-1945 is an essential component of Norfolk Island's data base and a guaranteed afternoons relaxed enjoyment of reading 
 

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Norfolk Island Cookery Book ... by the Sunshine Club

Thursday, July 11, 2019


This wonderful cookbook is full with delicious Norfolk island cooking and some of the best recipes  from Norfolk Island kitchens.

It is written and published by the Norfolk island sunshine club 

 

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