Thursday, 25 September 2014

My first postcard from Norfolk Island

Unloading the boat - Cascade Jetty, Norfolk Island
10 Sept 2014 | From Lyn of Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island is a pine-studded speck adrift in the South Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia, but it enjoys a large degree of self-governance. Together with two neighbouring islands, it forms one of Australia's external territories. Its capital is Kingston.

Originally settled by East Polynesians, Norfolk Island was colonised by Great Britain as part of its settlement of Australia in 1788. The island served as a convict penal settlement until May 1855, except for an 11-year hiatus between 1814 and 1825, when it was abandoned. In 1856 permanent civilian residence on the island began when it was settled from Pitcairn. In 1901, the island became a part of the Commonwealth of Australia.

When a ship arrives at Norfolk Island it anchors about one kilometre off shore at either Cascade Bay on the east coast or at Kingston on the south coast. Lighters, manned by the local men, carry goods to the jettys. Lyn shared that this is how all their vehicles, goods, and food arrive.

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