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

Thursday, February 28, 2019

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

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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Cloven Pine – poems for Norfolk Island ... by Don Reid

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cloven Pine – poems for Norfolk Island by Don Reid’ is a unique publication, inspired by and penned especially for Norfolk Island

“…even before the plane touched down this place aroused my curiosity, set me thinking, touched me emotionally…poems began to form…” Don Reid 


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

Thursday, February 07, 2019

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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Shipwreck Archaeology in Australia ... by Michael Nash

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Since the loss of the Trial in 1622, more than seven thousand shipwrecks have occurred in Australian waters. A significant number of these have now been located - often revealing themselves as time capsules providing fascinating insights into marine transportation, cargoes and early colonial life.

This is the story of how a unique underwater resource has been conserved and protected as part of the nation's rich maritime heritage - including wrecks associated with early exploration, colonial trade, whaling and the introduction of steam technology. Containing comprehensive maps and many previously unpublished photographs, Shipwreck Archaeology documents the work of leading maritime archaeologists on some of Australia's most important shipwreck sites.   


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

Thursday, January 24, 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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Ramblers Guide to Norfolk Island ... by Meral Hoare

Friday, June 08, 2018

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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