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    Picnic at Two Chimneys Reserve

    by al2401 Written Jul 19, 2014

    There are plenty of places on Norfolk Island to take a picnic. One of the least well known is Two Chimneys - I don't know why. It is really beautiful.

    The reserve is on the east side of the island north of Ball Bay.

    The origin of the name is lost but may be a reference to chimneys of a mill or whaling station. No structure remains.

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    Bloody Bridge

    by al2401 Written Jul 19, 2014

    This stone bridge was erected during the third settlement by convicts in order to cross a stream that could not be crossed in flood.

    Legend has it that the convicts rebelled against a particularly viscious overseer whom they murdered and buried in the structure of the bridge. Their protest of innocence may have been believed - but the replacement overseer noticed blood seeping out into the still wet mortar. Hence the name Bloody Bridge.

    True story? Possibly.

    Bloody Bridge is to be found just past the cemetery to the east at the bottom of Driver Christian Road

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    Take in the view from Mt Pitt

    by al2401 Written Jul 16, 2014

    Mt Pitt is located in the North of the isalnd and stands at 320 metres above sea level. The lookout on top is accessible by car and affords spectacular almost 360 degrees.

    Mt Pitt is in the Norfolk Island National Park and is the starting point for a number of bushwalking tracks. The most popular is to adjacent, and slightly taller, Mt Bates

    Kingston and Phillip Island from Mt Pitt From Mt Pitt North from Mt Pitt Burnt Pine township from Mt Pitt Slaughter Bay from Mt Pitt
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    Kingston

    by al2401 Updated Jul 16, 2014

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    Kingston is the township founded on Norfolk by the First Settlers and named after Lt. Philip Gidley King. It is built on the only flat, sea-level land available on Norfolk. Today Kingston is the administration centre of Norfolk while the commercial centre is at Burnt Pine in the centre of the island.

    Restoration started in the Kingston area in the early 1970's. Many of the beautiful Georgian buildings have been faithfully restored because the original plans still existed. The buildings adapted by the Pitcairn Island settlers have been left untouched eg All Saints Church in the old Commissariat building.

    Kingston is one of only two places on the island where ships can unload cargo. All cargo is loaded onto lighters to be towed ashore by motor powered boats

    The Kingston area and Arthur's Vale (the valley behind) were inscribed on the World Heritage List on 31 July 2010 along with 10 other sites that make up the World Heritage Australian Convict Sites

    http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/kavha

    http://www.kavha.gov.nf/

    Kingston from Flagstaff Hill Kingston and Slaughter Bay Kingston Jetty All Saints' Church - Kingston Kingston area
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    See the ship unloading

    by al2401 Written Jul 15, 2014

    All manufactured goods on Norfolk Island need to be imported. Some - like fresh milk - are flown in but most arrive by sea. The island doesn't have a sheltered harbour - only jetties at Kingston on the south and Cascade on the north. Goods are transferred from the ship into lighters which are then towed by motorised launch to the jetty where the cargo is unloaded by crane.

    For large items such as cars and trucks, lighters are lashed together and the vehicle is carried ashore 'astride' the lighters. No vehicles were cargo on this day.

    However, imagine my surprise when a fishing charter boat was plucked out of the water by the crane and lowered onto the trailer. There are no boat ramps on the island so boats have to be lowered into the water by crane and retrieved the same way. On the days when the motorised crane is not available the job is done by using a gantry and pulleys operated by your vehicle - not a one man job!

    Unloading the ship Cargo is unloaded Lighter and motorlaunches A game fishing boat coming ashore! A game fishing boat coming ashore!
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    Emily Bay - for swimming

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2014

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    The sparkling crystal clear waters of Emily Bay are the safest for swimming on the Island. The sandy beach is protected from the open ocean by a reef just off Lone Pine headland or Point Hunter. The beach is popular with families with youngsters and ideal for snorkelling.

    The bay, fringed by Norfolk Pines can be found at the end of the road east from Kingston.

    Emily Bay Emily Bay - looking  towards Kingston Emily Bay - Norfolk island Entrance to Emily Bay - Norfolk island Emily Bay
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    Anson Bay

    by al2401 Updated Jul 15, 2014

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    Anson Bay is situated on the north west of Norfolk. It is a popular surf beach for international surfers. There is a good track down to the beach.

    There is a well set up picinc spot on the south side of the bay and great views can be had from the north - take the road to the telecommunication cable station.

    Anson Bay is a great place for a camera.

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    Norfolk Island National Park

    by jorgejuansanchez Updated Jun 13, 2014

    It was a delightful trekking! and very easy, apart from beautiful. There are places where you can stop and sit to watch carefully the panorama. Views arew excellent.
    Do not miss the place where Captain Cook disembarked!

    The start of the trekking Norfolk discovered
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    In the beginning

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 25, 2011

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    The island was found by Captain Cook on his epic voyage in 1774 and he even beached the Endeavour here for repairs though the location is not quite certain.
    It was decided to found a penal colony here because it was thought that the lovely tall and straight Norfolk Pine would make good wood for masts. It didn't.
    There was also a thought that the local flax would be useful for sails. It wasn't.
    There were free settlers, marine guards and convicts for labour in 1788 when it was established but the first penal colony was abandoned in1814 when the diffuculties of servicing the island were deemed too much.
    A second one was established just 11 years later with more permanency, lasting around 30 years before it too was abandoned though a few remained to hand it over to the descendants of the Bounty Mutineers who had settled on Pitcairn Island but wanted a new place to put down their roots.
    Thus it came to pass that the island was handed over to them and today's settlement commenced. It wasn't all smooth sailing. Some were so disenchanted they returned to Pitcairn but enough remained and slowly the island evolved.

    Remnants of the past
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    The unloading

    by iandsmith Updated Mar 16, 2011

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    "The ship's unloading. You must go down and have a look." There is an air of excitement when the supply ship bringing everything from trucks to trinkets arrives on the horizon. It's all hands to the pumps, so to speak, or, more accurately, to the crane on the wharf.
    Picture one shows a close up of the crane at work removing the cargo from one of the lighters.
    In case you weren't aware, a lighter is an unpowered craft used for shifting loads from one place to another. Each one of these has to have a launch towing it.
    The tall crane is brought in to be used when the ship is unloading. At other times there is a stationary crane using manual methods that is put into service. It's the one with the angled arm dangling over the water.
    When we went on our fishing trip it pulled our boat with all of us aboard out of the water (pic 4).
    As for the ship (pic 2), 700 tonnes of cargo were moved in a day and a half.
    Personally speaking, I didn't find it all that exciting, perhaps because I used to be a fitter and turner and cranes were a part of my daily life as we used to construct them, but everyone else seemed to find it great viewing.
    The boats may be unloading at Cascade Bay (shown here), or round at Kingston; it's all dependent upon the direction of the wind and swell.

    Lighter getting lighter Ship lays offshore while unloading The overall picture End of the fishing trip
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    The New Gaol

    by al2401 Updated Mar 30, 2010

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    The New Gaol was built between 1836 and1847 with the aim of reform by isolation. It contained a central pentagonal building of 84 cells - each was 6ft long, 5ft wide, almost 11ft high. They were occupied by up to 3 prisoners. As well as 12 solitary confinement cells there were two 'dumb cells' which were under ground and prevented the transmission of any light or sound thus sending the inmates insane.

    When viewed from Flagstaff Hill the layout of the prison can be seen more clearly.

    New Gaol from Flagstaff Hill New Gaol - cells The Gate of the New Gaol - Norfolk Island The New Gaol The New Gaol and Royal Engineers Cottage
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    Captain Cook Monument

    by al2401 Written Mar 28, 2010

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    When Captain James Cook landed on this Island in 1774 this is the only part of the island he explored. A monument has been erected here. It can be approached by road via Duncombe Bay Road or on foot following the Bridle Track along the coastline. Picnic tables, barbecues and toilet facilities have been provided for visitors.

    Captain Cook Monument - Norfolk Island Captain Cook Monument - Norfolk Island South to Cathedral Rock - Norfolk Island North to Duncombe Bay - Norfolk Island Captain Cook Monument to Duncombe Bay
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    Evening activities

    by al2401 Updated Mar 28, 2010

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    The people of Norfolk Island are multi-talented - tour guides by day and actors, musicians and cooks by night. There is quite a lot to get involved in during the evening - Bounty re-enactment, Sound and light history, enjoy the local food at a fish fry or attend the 'Night as a Convict' and dress up in convict gear. You might even win 'Miss Rolling Pin' for the week

    Miss Rolling Pin 2005 Miss Rolling Pin 2005 Night as a Convict Night as a Convict

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    Cemetery

    by al2401 Written Mar 27, 2010

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    Norfolk Island's cemetery is one of the most beautiful on earth.

    The first cemetery on the island was at Emily Bay - in which pieces of early headstones have been found.

    The site of the present cemetery was set aside in the early days of the Second Settlement.

    The headstones provide detailed evidence of convict revolts and the lifestyle of the island's early inhabitants.

    Information from the web site below.

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    Quality Row

    by al2401 Updated Mar 27, 2010

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    Quality Row is the main street of Kingston which runs from the Administration Centre to the old cemetery. It is the address of eight Georgian houses on the inland side, some of which are restored as museums while others are private residences. Government House stands in a large park on the seaward side. The Stipendary Magistrate's house is now the club house for one of the most attractive golf courses in the world - watch that water trap!

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