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A Street Guide - Quality Row Book ... by Jane Wesley

Thursday, February 20, 2020

This guide provides an overview to life in the buildings and houses along historic Quality Row, from 1788 to the arrival of the Pitcairn Descendants in 1856.



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Convict Kingson ... by Nan Smith

Thursday, February 13, 2020

The historic buildings and ruins of Kingston were silent witnesses to events that took place many years ago.

Through a thorough look at those buildings, Nan Smith brings Norfolk’s convict heritage to life.  


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A Place for Angles and Eagles – the story of Norfolk Island ... by Brian Hubber

Thursday, February 06, 2020

This Norfolk Island Museum produced book provides a concise and very readable overview of the four settlements on Norfolk Island. The Polynesians came and went, the French came and went, the convicts came and went, but the Pitcairn Islanders came and stayed... discover the unique story of Norfolk Island with this book.  


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Kids and Pines and Nursery Rhymes ... by Archie Bigg

Thursday, January 30, 2020

One of Archie’s passions is encouraging the young people to speak the Norfolk Island language. To provide the children with a resource he has chosen a number of popular nursery rhymes and rewritten them in the Norfolk language also giving them a Norfolk Island flavour. 

Talented local artist Tracey Yager has complemented the nursery rhymes with her beautiful illustrations – poor Humpty Dumpty was found by the king’s horsemen down in the convict ruins at Kingston.  He had just fallen off Gallow’s Gate! 


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Morla El Do (TOMORROW WILL DO) ... by Archie Bigg

Thursday, January 23, 2020

"Morla el Do" is a collection of poems written by Norfolk Island well known bush poet - Archie Bigg - 6th generation descendant from two of the Bounty mutineers, Fletcher Christian and Matthew Quintal and their Tahitian wives. 

Archie draws from his own experiences as a dad and a grandparent for many of his poems – “Grandpa” and “The Little Visitor” are two of his favourites. 

Archie tells of his love for Norfolk Island in Bass Side orn Earth written in the Norfolk language and visitors to Norfolk Island may recognise themselves in &The Bus Driver's Lament


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A Walk in the Wild – The Amazing Natural History of Norfolk Island

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Agnes Hain, one of Norfolk’s most respected tourism entrepreneurs launched the ‘Walk in the Wild Amazing Natural History of Norfolk Island’ DVD and video 5 years ago. 

We now have a digital record of Norfolk’s ecosystem from the volcanic eruption 3 million years ago through to recent times.  You can learn about the work to save several of our endemic bird species from extinction.  Do you know about the world’s tallest tree fern, how the Providence Petrel saved a settlement, or how the root of the routi tree was distilled to produce alcohol?  Be amazed by the bird without a nest, and the bird that can glide for 10 minutes.  Wonder, (like us), where the Whale bird goes after leaving Norfolk each year – it remains a mystery.  Hear Bubby Evans talk in the Norfolk language about how he supplied the local school with ink from the sap of the bloodwood tree up until the 1940s.

This is sure to become one of those ‘must have’ mementos of a Norfolk visit, with profits from its sale going towards scholarships for young Norfolk Islanders.  


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INCREDIBLE! The amazing story of the birth and rebirth of a natural treasure - Phillip Island, South Pacific

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Phillip Island is near Norfolk Island, halfway between Sydney and Fiji. Before feral animals were released on Phillip Island, the island retained its natural sub-tropical vegetation and native fauna. The first disastrous action was release of pigs on the island in 1793. The settlers also introduced goats and rabbits to Phillip Island by 1830. By around 1860 the island had almost no vegetation apart from a few remnant trees. The pigs and goats appear to have died out when inadequate food remained to support them but the rabbits survived, preventing the growth of vegetation and allowing unrestricted erosion to continue. 

This book describes the island’s history and natural history, explaining how geological and geomorphological events helped shape the ecosystem. With a diversity of breeding seabirds and some of the world’s rarest plants, Phillip Island is a real natural treasure. Numerous photographs and maps show the wildlife and the spectacular revegetation. This is a landmark ecological case study and more. 


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Ghosts of Norfolk Island ... by G and M Hitch

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Spirits abound in islands, and Norfolk Island is no exception. In this book Gil Maev have recorded a collection of described experiences with illustrations, maps, diagrams. 

Read about "The Ghost at the Convict Store", "Haunted Auto's", The Hitchhiker" and more with details from those that have seen... 


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Colonial Era Cemetery ... by R. Nixon Dalkin

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Life and death in one of the harshest penal colonies ever administered by Britain is recorded on the tombstones of the early cemetery of Norfolk Island.

The tombstone inscriptions and the stories of death from violence, disease and the hangman’s rope, are movingly recorded by a former Administrator of Norfolk Island.  


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Stidaun Short Letl' ... by Rachel Nebauer-Borg and Tracey Yager

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Stidaun Short Letl is a wonderful, insightful collection of short stories and poems written in Norf’k .Not only does it pay homage to the Island’s unique language and culture, but it is also a charming and sentimental journey sprinkled with good humour, misadventure, and mild irreverence. 

Above all it reflects Rachel’s deep and abiding love for Norfolk Island, it’s people and the language and culture that the Islanders of Pitcairn descent have carried with them down through the generations. 

This lovely new book gives us all a little and quite intimate insight into what it means to be an Islander descended from the ‘Pirates and Polynesians’ who settled on Pitcairn Island following the infamous mutiny on board HMAV Bounty. 

It is as frank as it is fascinating. Rachel has endeavoured not only to reveal ‘the thousand tiny idiosyncrasies of Island life’ but also to preserve many of the old words, phrases and idioms which are part of one of the world’s rarest living languages and one that is increasingly in danger of disappearing. 


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