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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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G’day Sydney

3,915 miles and 7 hours later we’re saying g’day Sydney. Off tomorrow to Norfolk Island...

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Singapore -Origins

Mar 15, 12

Sir Stamford Thomas Raffles (1781-1826) first set foot on the island of Singapore on 29th January 1819 which was then just a small fishing village. Raffles, an agent of the British East India Company ventured to Singapore hoping to establish a free port and a halfway point for traders along the China-India trade routes. After signing the preliminary treaty with a local leader, the official treaty with Sultan Hussein of Johore-Riau was signed on 6 February 1819, giving the British the right to establish a trading port on the island. However the Dutch protested as Singapore was then part of the Dutch Empire. The dispute was resolved with the signing of the 1824 Anglo-Dutch treaty whereby the British acquired Mallorca, Penang and Singapore while the Dutch gained Bencoelen (present day Bengkulu) and the rest of Indonesia. In August 1824 another Treaty of Friendship and Alliance was signed giving the British governance of Singapore. From the 19th Century, Singapore’s success as the “Great Commercial Emporium of the East” owed much to its free port status and strategic location. The Singapore River became the main artery of trade, where port, trading and warehouse facilities developed along the riverbanks. In 1867 Singapore became a British Crown-Colony after the transfer of the Straits Settlements from the British Administration in India to the Colonial Office in London. It remained so until 1959 when Singapore achieved self-government, gaining full independence in...

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