History

“Paradise” is how Captain James Cook described Norfolk Island when he discovered the uninhabited island in 1774. In the time since, Norfolk has been host to a number of fascinating peoples and cultures.

Not long after Cook’s discovery, Norfolk Island was turned into a penal colony knowm as one of the worst places on earth for a convict, garnering the less glamorous label: “hell in paradise”. Realizing Norfolk’s isolation made it too difficult to administer correctly, the penal colony was formally closed in 1856. In 2010 the site of the former penal colony was officially added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List for being one of the best preserved historical sites in the Pacific.

Late in 1856, the history of Norfolk took another amazing turn when the island was generously granted by Queen Victoria to the descendants of the Mutineers of the Bounty. Today roughly a third of the Island’s inhabitants trace their lineage back to the Mutineers and their Tahitian partners.

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