Norfolk Island History and Genealogy provide visitors and history enthusiasts the chance to get a closer look at the rich and vibrant history of Norfolk Island. We offer a selection of guided tours as well as historical and genealogical research pertaining to Norfolk Island.
historian Elizabeth McCoy on one of our
history tours. Liz is a descendant of the Bounty mutineers and is
fluent in the Norfolk Island language. Liz has been touring Norfolk
Island and researching not only Norfolk Island’s history but the
stories behind those that have–at some time–called Norfolk Island
home for over 20 years. Let her show you the passion she has for
Norfolk Island’s unique history and heritage.
About Norfolk Island
Island is located between Australia and New Zealand. It was first
discovered by British Explorer Captain James Cook in 1774, soon after
Norfolk Island was settled by Lt. Philip Gidley King and his party of
24 souls, establishing a British Penal Settlement for strategic and
economic reasons. There were both male and female convicts, many of them arriving in the first few fleets of convict transports doing their time and becoming independent settlers, though forcefully removed at the closure of this settlement in 1814
second penal settlement was said to be a place of no return for the convicts. Many
records remain describing the horrendous treatment and human right
violations committed not only by the prisoners but also by the
commanding officers. The inhumane treatment sparked a number of prison mutinies–all of which were thwarted. The conditions here for the officers and their wives were also formidable.
Norfolk Island has roughly 2500 inhabitants - over 1/3 of them are
descendants of the famous 'Mutineers from the Bounty' and their
Tahitian partners who have their own distinct and separate language heritage and cultures, these Islanders derive from the 196 soles that arrived on Norfolk Island from Pitcairn Island in 1856.
These chapters in
Norfolk’s history have made the Island a popular location for
family historians around the world hoping to get closer to their forebears who at one
time were inhabitants of Norfolk Island.
Norfolk Island has always been a popular tourist
destination due to its magnificent sights, pleasant climate and rich