The winners of the 5 Norfolk Island Deaths: 1st Settlement 1788 – 1814 CDs are…. Congratulations to Dierdre Wilkinson, Chez Leggatt, Susan Hammond, Noeleen McRae and Terence Fulton!

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Historian Cathy Dunn, who published Norfolk Island Deaths: 1st Settlement 1788 – 1814, is continuing her early Norfolk Island research with historian Liz McCoy.

Their current project is the Rev. Henry Fulton’s Baptism, Burial and Marriage records of 1801 – 1806, slated for publication in March 2014. The project includes more than 150 baptisms, many for babies born between 1796 and 1800, a period in Norfolk Island’s history from which few records survive.

The historians are researching further details to fill in the picture of Fulton’s Register – including the details of the next generation of families whose antecedents are listed in the Register, as well as cross-references to names mentioned in other primary records, such as victualling books, population returns, land grants and shipping records. This follows on from Cathy’s earlier research on deaths in Norfolk Island. There were more than 260 deaths during the first settlement of Norfolk Island. In researching her book Norfolk Island Deaths, Cathy painstakingly checked all primary records for Norfolk Island references to deaths, including journals and diaries, letters, musters, church records, victualling books, population returns and much more.

The book contains a burial list giving the full details of each person and their family, their status (convict or free) and date of arrival to NSW and Norfolk Island. Photographs of headstones accompany many of the entries. The new compilation of the Fulton Register has identified many anomalies in the records – such as Marg Buchannon, whose death on 29 May 1805 was recorded in the Rev. Fulton’s Burial List, while the 1805 Muster listed her under the name of Marg Clarke.

Cathy is giving away 5 copies of Norfolk Island Deaths: 1st Settlement 1788 – 1814 to readers of Inside History.

Simply comment on this blog post and tell us when the HMS Sirius was sunk off Norfolk Island.

Thinking of heading to Norfolk Island? Check out Cathy’s History Lover’s Norfolk Island Tour next year…

Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific; it is paradise with a past. What was once a convict’s nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language.

Next year historian Cathy Dunn is conducting the History Lovers Norfolk Island Tour, March 14 – 21 2014, which will include:

  • Special discount airfare from Sydney and Brisbane and 7 nights accommodation
  • Historic cemetery tour
  • Twilight dinner and tour of world heritage and the convict days of ole, at the Kingston Convict Settlement
  • History in the Making tour: journey back in time and participate in recreating some of the tasks necessary for survival in Norfolk Island’s early settlements
  • Discover the history of the Sirius shipwreck from 1790
  • History and genealogy research workshop
  • Discover Our World tour – marvel at the beauty and heritage of Norfolk Island
  • Visit Captain Cook’s 1774 landing place
  • and much more!

Further details on the History Lovers Norfolk Island tour 2014 is available at or phone Cathy on 02 44554780.

nla.pic-an21511971-vThe Melancholy Loss of HMS Sirius off Norfolk Island March 19th 1790

Other useful links:
HMS Sirius – click here
Norfolk Island Museum – click here
KAVHA Public Research Centre – click here