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Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society Newsletter
Number 3   •   December 2019

Welcome to the third newsletter of the Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society (PNI). This newsletter is not intended to replace our twice yearly magazine The Bounty; the idea is to only publish this occasionally, or when there is something important to announce.

If you have any comments on this edition, or suggestions for content of future newsletters, please get in touch.

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The next printed edition of The Bounty will be mailed in January, free of charge to all members of the Society. Amongst our usual varied selection of articles will be the following:

  • Communications: Cruise Ships visiting Pitcairn, part 2 – The Germans are Coming
  • From Cape Cod to Pitcairn Island – The Old Manse Inn in Brewster, Massachusetts
  • The Duke of Edinburgh's Visit to Pitcairn, 1971 - the shark handicraft presented by Pitcairn, is on the Royal Yacht Britannia along with an engraved brass plaque 
  • The homes of Admiral Bligh
  • Lucas Kukler – illustrator and stamp designer
  • The Pacific Explorer continues P&O's long association with Norfolk Island
  • Showcase for Jenny (an exhibition in memory of Jennifer Toombs)
  • Notes on the Construction of HMAV Bounty
  • Norfolk Island's Bounty Day 2019

And all our regular features.

From the pages of the January 2020 edition of The Bounty:

PNI member Ian Wilkinson recently purchased a cover, posted from Pitcairn during the Second World War, which contained this photograph of Alwyn and Myrtle Warren doing the washing. Sadly the original letter was missing, so we do not know who sent it to Marvin Larson in the Canal Zone.

To mark the occasion of the London 2020 International Stamp Exhibition (2nd to 9th May), PNI has hired a room on Tuesday 5th May in the Islington Town House, 13 Liverpool Road, London N1, from 11.30 to 3pm. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Our objective was to make a venue available for PNI members and to provide a 'drop in' location close to the exhibition hall, providing a place to visit whilst at the exhibition and socialise with other members, without the normal struggle for seats and high costs for food and drink in the exhibition hall. Our room will be manned during 11.30 to 3pm.

Please note that this is not one of our regular meetings, but a reception for members of the Society who are visiting the Stamp Exhibition.

From the pages of the January 2020 edition of The Bounty:
Lucas Kukler, illustrator and stamp designer

“As an illustrator designing stamps is an absolute joy, made even more fantastic when it is for the Pitcairn Islands. From the early civilisations that discovered the islands around 900 AD, through to the captivating story of the Bounty mutiny that started Pitcairn's modern history, makes it one of the most interesting places on earth to design stamps for. The isolated Pacific location only adding to the exotic flavour.”

From the pages of the January 2020 edition of The Bounty:
Susan Prior, freelance writer of feature articles,
living on Norfolk Island

“On Sunday, 20th October, as the sun rose to welcome a glorious day, the P&O cruise liner Pacific Explorer slid over the horizon and at 6.15 am anchored in Cascade Bay on the north-east side of Norfolk Island. 

“It is interesting to note that P&O’s first cruise to Norfolk Island was in December 1932 when the island was the signature port of call. The ship back then was the mail steamer Strathaird. Because of P&O’s long history with the island, the Pacific Explorer was chosen as the image on a very handsome $2 stamp release in 2018.

“But this time the P&O ship was much larger, carrying a full complement of passengers – 2,092 in all – most of whom were eager to come ashore and explore the island.”

The Pacific Explorer features on our magazine's front cover. The photograph above shows passengers disembarking for their exploration of Norfolk Island. Photographs by Susan Prior.

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