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Cathy Dunn

Norfolk Island history 1st settlement — the People of the Norfolk Island 1788 – 1814, what primary resources are available for historians and Family history researchers and where are they located. Includes Convicts, NSW Corps and free settlers, deaths and Headstones, resources for researchers Victualling books, Population returns, Shipping records, Journals and diaries, Musters, and Baptism, Marriage & Burial records, includes a general outline of the three settlements of Norfolk Island.

History of land ownership 1st settlement 1788-1814 on Norfolk Island — in March 1788 the population of Norfolk Island was 23, four years later the population peaked at 1156 with the settlement closed down in February 1814.
• Land Grants and leases
• Land Purchases
• Re-imbursement given to people for relocating to Tasmania or NSW
• Stock and crops
• Buildings
• Modern day location on Norfolk island
• Place Names

Norfolk Island archives: what records are available? — What records are available? Where are copies the records kept? What can be found online that relates to Norfolk Island 1788 – 1814.

Six of one, half a dozen of the other — in 1790 Ralph Clarke on Norfolk Island wrote: Of all the places in the World this is the greatest nest for Rascals it is impossible to trust any one of our men hardly much more any of the Convicts in Short there is no difference between Soldier Sailor or Convicts there Six of the one and half a Dozen of the other. Was Norfolk Island paradise or hell on Norfolk Island 1st settlement for Convicts?

We say goodbye: the last three years — Norfolk Island first settlement closed down in late February 1814. Life on Norfolk Island 1811 – 1814: from a population of 218 to the Island’s total abandonment. What happened to these people?


Shauna Hicks

Ancestors in church: using church publications — this talk explores an underutilised resource that can provide information on our ancestors not likely to be found elsewhere.

It’s not all online: where else can I Look? — this talk is a reminder that not everything is online and that researchers still need to use archives, libraries, historical societies and museums, genealogy and family history societies and so on.

Demolishing brick walls: tips & tricks — everyone comes up against a brick wall at some point in their research and this paper outlines some search strategies that might assist in getting past that brick wall.

Mining ancestors: where to look — this talk explores how to trace your often elusive mining ancestors and their families and looks at a wide variety of resources.

Online trends in family history — this talks looks at various Web 2.0 technology and how it can be used for family history research. In particular, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, nings, RSS and wikis will be discussed.


Liz McCoy

Norfolk Island convict penal settlement 1825-1856