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We spent a great day touring Sydney on the “Sydney Explorer” hop-on hop off tour bus with Ma en Pa who left Norfolk Island with us and are here in Sydney until a day after we leave. We got to see all the iconic Sydney sights : Darling Harbour; Sydney Bridge; the botanical gardens and of course the Sydney Opera house. The gardens were interesting as we got to see hundreds of “flying foxes”, bats with wingspans of up to 1.5 m, hanging from the trees. Sydney could certainly make a claim to be the Paris of the southern hemisphere … love was definitely in the air … literally! 😀 As we sat on the top deck of the bus we watched a sign writer aircraft carve out the message “Marry me Jen?” above the towering skyscrapers of central Sydney … we didn’t have to wait long for Jen’s answer … 5 minutes later the aircraft wrote out “She said yes!” In addition we saw at least half a dozen weddings, receptions and photo shoots going on around the city. In the evening we headed down to ” The Rocks”, the oldest part of Sydney and site of the first convict landings in 1788, for a...

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Tot ziens Norfolk

It’s time to say goodbye … Until the next time. We’ve had a great time especially with Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & Lukas. We miss them already 🙁 They gave us a terrific send off and as we zoomed down the runway we could see them on the other side of the field madly waving us off.

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Only on Norfolk Island …

If you want to call someone in Norfolk Island but only know them by their nickname then … “no worries mate” … there’s a section in the phone book for that. So if you want to call ‘Binky’, ‘Griffo’, ‘Nippa’ or ‘Smudgie’ then you can find them at the back of the official Norfolk Island Telephone...

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Beautiful Norfolk

Some views of this lovely island all with the ubiquitous and unique Norfolk Pine…

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Norfolk Island … a potted history

Norfolk Island is situated some 1,500 kilometres from Sydney and 1,060 kilometres from Auckland. It is an island with an unusual & chequered history. Discovery and First Settlement Discovered by Captain Cook during his second voyage in 1774, Norfolk Island was initially used as a penal colony. The first penal colony was established on Norfolk Island on 6th March, 1788; just five weeks after the arrival of the first fleet at Botany Bay. The penal colony was established under Commandant Lieutenant Philip Gidley King R. N. who thus founded the second British settlement in the Pacific. The majority of the convicts were slowly and eventually evacuated to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and by 1814 the penal settlement has closed and Norfolk Island lay abandoned and tranquil for the next eleven years. Second Settlement 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. The original settlement was established primarily in order to develop the resources of the island. This one had no such purpose. It was designed to be conducted along the lines of `a great Hulk or Penitentiary’ for the incarceration of `re-convicted incorrigibles’. It was designated to become `a place of the severest punishment short of death’. Sir Thomas Brisbane wrote: “I could wish it to be understood that the felon who is sent there is forever excluded from hope of return”. Hell in Paradise Such depravities are destined to culminate in rebellion and many occurred. Following one uprising, a priest, later to be-come Bishop Ullathorne, wrote: ‘I have to record the most heart-rending scene that I ever witnessed. The turnkey unlocked the cell door and … then came forth a yellow exhalation, the produce of the bodies of the men confined therein. I announced to them who were reprieved from death and which of them were to die. It is a literal fact that each man who heard his reprieve wept bitterly, and each man who heard...

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Happy Birthday

Happy birthday Sylvan … or nearly happy birthday as it’s really tomorrow but we gathered along with the rest of the Andrew family to celebrate a day...

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Fun & Games

Having a great time with our 2 nephews River & Lukas. They are such cute and lively little boys !...

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G’day Norfolk Island

Mar 16, 12

G’day Norfolk … or should I say “Wat awey yorlee” which is Norfolks for welcome to you all. The Norfolks dialect is actually a rather unlikely mixture of Cornish and Tahitian. This has come about as the majority of Norfolk Islanders are direct decedents of the Mutineers on the Bounty. After a ‘brief’ flight of 2.5 hours and a further 1,043 miles to add to the tally we find ourselves back in the lovely island of Norfolk. Meeting up with Ma en Pa , Mariëlle and Sylvan and of course our cute 2 nephews, River & Lukas. It was fantastic meeting up with them again on our 3rd trip to the island especially as they were waiting just behind the gates alongside the apron where we exited from our plane waving frantically. So after a total of 22.5 hours flying time and 12,223 miles we’ve swapped one small island for an even smaller one!...

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