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Foundation Day - Public Holiday

Foundation Day - Public Holiday

Date: Monday 6th March 2018
Time: Morning re-enactment
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Categories: History

Tags: Settlers , convicts , celebration , Foundation , Philip Gidley King , settlement

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On 6 March 1788 Lieutenant Philip Gidley King arrived with the first settlers -  a party of fifteen convicts, 9 males, 6 females and 7 free men, to take control of Norfolk Island so the Island didn’t fall into the hands of the French who were also interested in the south pacific.

Lieutenant King is reported in saying that the Island Pines were the most beautiful and finest in the world and would be suitable for masts, yards and spars. Grains and seeds also grow in abundance on Norfolk Island. The only down side to the Island is the lack of a natural safe harbour. Without a harbour this island is of no use, but with a port, Norfolk Island would become of great importance for Great Britain.

Foundation Day celebrates this historical occasion & attracts many visitors espicially those who are researching their family heritage. The re-enactment & celebrations all take place at Kingston, the World Heritage area of Norfolk Island.

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