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Norfolk Island stamps

Norfolk Island stamps

These stamps appear on the back of some of the correspondence relating to Norfolk Island. NRS 905 [4/2566 letter 42/7518]

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Norfolk Island Map 6211 Detail

Norfolk Island Map 6211 Detail

This is a close up view of the previous map shows the area from the Pier on the Coral Reef up to the Convict Prison and Military Barracks and Store further up the hill. While the Convict Prison has not survived intact, a number of other buildings have.

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Norfolk Island Map 6211

Norfolk Island Map 6211

This section of the map shows the government and convict buildings on Norfolk Island. The convict prison area is on the road that runs parallel with the Coral Reef. The military barracks are furthur up the hill. NRS 13870 Map 6211

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Norfolk Island Plan of Prisoner Barracks, 1838

Norfolk Island Plan of Prisoner Barracks, 1838

This coloured plan of the prisoner barracks is dated 31 March 1838. It shows the different wards, including the Invalid and Boys Ward. NRS 905 [4/2412.2 letter 38/3742]

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Norfolk Island Map 6321

Norfolk Island Map 6321

The beautifully illustrated colour map of Norfolk Island is dated from 1829. You can clearly see the contours of the land including individual trees and rock formations. This section of the map shows Government House, the Government and Soldier Gardens, the Stock Yard and the Limestone Quarry on the headland. NRS 13870 Map 6321

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Norfolk Island Map 6321 Detail

Norfolk Island Map 6321 Detail

This close up of the previous image centres on the flagpole, on which you can clearly see is flying the Union Jack. NRS 13870 Map 6321

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Norfolk Island Map 6321

Norfolk Island Map 6321

This close up is from the other end of the convict settlement near the Pier. The Prisoners Barracks are still being erected so there is a Gaol to house the convicts. NRS 13870 Map 6321

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John Walsh

Convict life on Norfolk Island was severe and often brutal. Below is a snapshot of just one convict, John Walsh, who spent ten years on Norfolk Island from 1834 to 1844.

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