Few places in Australia are as strongly imbued with convict and colonial history as Norfolk Island.
On 6 March 1788, the arrival of 23 First Fleeters on Norfolk established the island as the second settlement of the New South Wales colony. The lives of these convicts and early settlers were full of intrigue, including the 1790 wrecking of the First Fleet flagship HMS Sirius in dangerous circumstances (later explored by maritime archaeologist Graeme Henderson).
Many colonial-era buildings and remnants stand tribute to this settlement, including World Heritage listed Kingston and Arthur’s Vale, offering unparalleled insights into life in this era.
Discover this historic period – and the many colonial-era gems it left behind – on Norfolk Island during a special history week that includes Foundation Day celebrations on 6 March 2017, with a re-enactment of the 1788 landing of the First Fleeters.
If you have convict ancestry, or a passion for Australian colonial history, check out the First Fleet Celebrations package which includes the 1788 landing re-enactment, a luncheon featuring First Fleet stories, three day tours including a research presentation session, a museum pass valid for seven days and other history highlights.
Learn more about the First Fleet Celebrations package – and Norfolk Island Travel Centre’s special deal on airfare, accommodation, car hire and more.