The Emily Bay and the Second Settlement
22 Oct 2014 | From Lyn of Norfolk Island
This is the third postcard I've received from Lyn - such a pleasant surprise from her. The postcard shows an aerial view of the Emily Bay and government buildings dating from the Second Settlement (1825~55). Emily Bay is the island's main swimming beach. Located at the eastern end of Kingston, the bay has a reef at its sea-side edge, protecting it from waves and making it a safe and beautiful area for swimming and snorkeling.
About the Norfolk Island's Second Settlement, it was considered as the Hell of the Pacific; a place dominated by death and despair. In 1825, after eleven years drowsing in the sun, Norfolk Island was elected by His Majesty's Government to be the site of another colony. It was designated to become `a place of the severest punishment short of death'.