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Norfolk Island - 1788-1814

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Norfolk Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean located between Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, 1,412 kilometres (877 mi) directly east of mainland Australia's Evans Head, and about 900 kilometres (560 mi) from Lord Howe Island. The island is part of the Commonwealth of Australia. Together with two neighbouring islands, it forms one of Australia's external territories. At the 2016 Australian census, it has 1,748 inhabitants living on a total area of about 35 km2 (14 sq mi) Its capital is Kingston.

Norfolk Island was first settled by East Polynesians but was long unpopulated when it was eventually also settled by Great Britain as part of its settlement of Australia from 1788. The island served as a convict penal settlement from 6 March 1788 until 5 May 1855, except for an 11-year hiatus between 15 February 1814 and 6 June 1825, when it lay abandoned. On 8 June 1856, permanent civilian residence on the island began when it



was settled from Pitcairn Island. In 1914 the UK handed Norfolk Island over to Australia to administer as an external territory.

This project aims to connect all the people who lived on Norfolk Island from 6 March 1788 to 15 February 1814.


May 1788 - Population 23


January 1790 - Population 149


John ROBERTS died 1790 on Norfolk Island

? CADDY died 1790 on Norfolk Island


April 1790 - population 498


February 1791 - population 627


May 1792 Population - 1156


October 1796 - population 887


  • November 1799 "Reliance"

August 1802 - population 1007


July 1804 - population 1084


February 1805 - population 917


December 1806 - population 694


  • 9 November 1807 "Lady Nelson" from Norfolk Island to Tasmania
  • 26 December 1807 "Porpoise" from Norfolk Island to Tasmania

December 1807 - population 820


  • 4 February 1808 "Lady Nelson" from Norfolk Island to Tasmania
  • 15 May 1808 "Estramina" from Norfolk Island to Tasmania
  • 3 September 1808 "City of Edinburgh" from Norfolk Island to Tasmania
    • John BATELY convict
    • Robert COOPER convict
    • Joseph CHIPMAN/SIMMONDS convict
    • Catherine BURNE convict, wife of Joseph CHIPMAN/SIMMONDS
    • Michael BURNE, child of Catherine BURNE
    • Joseph BURNE, child of Catherine BURNE
    • Peter DOUGLAS convict
    • Sarah DOUGLAS, convict, wife of Peter DOUGLAS
    • William HALEY convict
    • William KING convict
    • Robert KINGSTON convict
    • Esther BARRISFORD, wife of Robert KINGSTON
    • Daniel McCARTHY
    • wife of Daniel McCARTHY
    • child of Daniel McCARTHY
    • John MORRIS
    • Thomas NORMAN
    • wife of Thomas NORMAN
    • Thomas PALMER
    • William PRISNELL
    • Ann FOWLER, wife of William PRISNELL
    • Elizabeth FOWLER, daughter of Ann FOWLER
    • Thomas FOWLER, son of Ann FOWLER
    • Sarah FOWLER, daughter of Ann FOWLER
    • William SMITH
    • John WARD
    • Mary CONNELLY
    • Susan DOUGLAS
    • Margaret HAMILTON, wife of James CHAM

December 1808 - population 255


January 1810 - population 182


August 1811 - population 218


January 1813 - population 194


February 1814 - population 45


March 1814 - population 0


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