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On Island

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Norfolk Island

As part of the Review of the 2008 Conservation Management Plan of Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island (KAVHA), GML Heritage’s Prof Richard Mackay, AM and Sharon Veale recently spent a week ‘on island’.

The Project Team, including Jean Rice (Jean Rice Architects) and Chris Johnston (Context) conducted public consultation comprising individual interviews and round tables sessions with important interest groups including locals, KAVHA staff, landholders, tourism industry representatives, visitors and government officials. Sessions in the local Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Hall were well attended, with generous participation and valuable insight provided by all contributors.

On Sunday 2 March, the Project Team presented a stall at the local market, engaging with locals, returning visitors and others. Throughout the day the stall received over 70 visitors.

Whilst on island the team also managed to take time out to experience some of the many and varied tourism activities on offer.

The Sound and Light Show illuminated the sometimes grizzly convict history of Kingston, which was brought to life by a cast of costumed actors, sound and light.

With a cast of colourful local actors, the ‘Trial of the 15’, a play written by Peter Clarke, is a great introduction to Norfolk’s colourful, turbulent past through theatre. Now entering its eleventh year on stage, the chance to mingle with the actors over a sherry after the drama is great fun!

The Convict Settlement Tour, led by George (Puss) Anderson was another highlight of the Team’s visit. The in-depth tour of the Georgian settlement of Kingston revealed the engaging history of the local cemetery, the houses of Quality Row, the New Gaol, Pier Store, the Boat Shed and the Crank Mill.

The warm welcome, insight and information provided through the consultation process by all who participated was valuable and will be vital to the successful review of the CMP.