Norfolk Island – a new home for the Pitcairn Islanders

On the June 8 in 1856 one hundred and ninety four men, women and children came ashore on Norfolk Island having journeyed from remote Pitcairn Island, approximately 6,000kms away. They had out-grown their very small Pitcairn Island home which they had inhabited since their ancestors arrived there in 1792. Their forefathers were the mutineers of ‘HMAV Bounty’ fame, and foremothers the Polynesian women who travelled with them.

Now they were to begin a new life on Norfolk Island, a story that is uniquely told on this property and tour.

The Pitcairn Settlers Village is one of the last intact Pitcairn Settler land grants that has been continuously owned by the same family. It was the home of Fletcher Christian’s great-grand daughter Emily, and her husband George Bailey. The property contains many original features such as the 1879 homestead, forge, dairy, outbuildings and extensive gardens. The story of the settlement of the Pitcairn Islanders on Norfolk is one of resourcefulness, hard work, productivity and dedication to improving their lives and those of their children – the first generation of today’s Norfolk Islanders.

The Pitcairn Settlers Village offers a unique insight into their lives from 1856 with a focus on the remarkable Bailey family. Tours run every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

We are located on Queen Elizabeth Drive behind the Queen Victoria Gardens, Cyclorama and Hilli’s Restaurant.

After the tour, please take time to visit the Queen Victoria Gardens or call in to Gallery Guava, Cyclorama or Hilli’s restaurant. You will be pleasantly surprised.