On this day in 1856, the first free settlement of Norfolk Island was established. This followed the failure of a viable development of the timber industry and the closure of the notorious penal colony in 1855. The first free settlers were mostly Pitcairn Islanders many of who were the descendants of Tahitian Islanders and Bounty Mutineers. Plan and view of the landing place in Cascade Bay Norfolk Island, 1793 by C. Grimes Depy. Surveyor.
Settlement at Norfolk Island, 6th March 1788. When the First Fleet arrived at Port Jackson in January 1788, Phillip ordered Lieutenant Philip Gidley King to lead a party of fifteen convicts and seven free men to take control of the Norfolk island and prepare for its commercial development. They arrived on 6 March 1788.
Breathtakingly beautiful!!! Norfolk 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. It has 2,300 people living on 35 km2. Its capital is Kingston. ~ ~ ~ On MM's Bucket List!!!
According to legend, Norfolk Island is the most haunted place in the Pacific. A stroll between these gravestones reveals the history of what was once Britain’s worst convict colony. So bad was it, convicts sought execution as relief from suffering. If I close my eyes, I can hear the screams, the resigned sighs – amidst the sound of waves brushing the sand.