Norfolk Island History and Genealogy
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Norfolk Island History and Genealogy

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Who We Are

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. 

Join 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

Norfolk 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

The 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.

Today 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 history.