Travel Back In Time to Australia’s Norfolk Island

Norfolk’s heritage landscape gains UNESCO recognition

In 2010, Norfolk Island’s heritage area was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of Australia’s 11 outstanding convict sites.

“This period also gave the Pitcairn Islanders much needed shelter on arrival,” says Janelle.

The two-storey New Military Barracks, constructed between 1835 and 1837, is case in point.

“Pitcairn families immediately moved in and set up a school on the second floor. Years later the ground floor became a courtroom. The new migrants also made use of Kingston’s other buildings, existing roads, bridges, wharves, cleared arable land, provisions, tools – and livestock,” says Janelle.

Some moved into the four-room houses on a street called Quality Row. Museum records show that’s exactly what happened to Marie’s grandmother after her family won a lottery granting them permission to live at No. 10.

A Quality Row in Norkfolk Island

A Quality Row in Norkfolk Island

Originally built in 1844 for a Foreman of Works named Thomas Seller, No. 10 Quality Row was to be the Christian family home until the 1880s.

Who knows where Marie’s gran and her family lived next? Marie’s not 100 percent sure. But eventually Marie’s gran, Emily Wellesley Christian, grew up and married a British blacksmith named George Bailey.

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