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Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society Newsletter
Number 2   •   May 2019

Hello and welcome to the second newsletter from 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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This is the proposed cover of our next magazine, the July 2019 edition.
You can download a free sample edition of our magazine in PDF format. Visit this page.
The Bounty, July 2019 edition

The next printed edition of The Bounty will be available in July, free of charge to all members of the Society. Amongst our usual varied selection of articles will be the following:
  • A paquebot cover sent from the Johnsons brigantine Yankee to George Allen, Pitcairn's third education officer (1954-55)
  • Historic Animal Industry on Norfolk Island
  • A surprise visit to Pitcairn by the first British warship for almost 20 years (see a photograph of Pitcairn, taken from the Montrose, below)
  • A musical tribute to the forgotten Tahitian women of the HMAV Bounty
  • Captain Bligh's London home
  • and all our usual features

Please note that the deadline for copy has now passed. However, if you would like to send an article for the January 2020 edition, the closing date is 1st November 2019. Click here to email the editor.
The only Porsche on Norfolk Island
There are some great views of Norfolk Island in this video
produced by – well worth a five minute viewing!
Rather concerning statistics from Pitcairn

The Pitcairn Miscellany (March 2019) had the following information:

Population as at 24th March 2019
Children 3
Women 15
Men 19

How long can the Pitcairn community survive without an influx of new residents? I wonder if some of the Norfolk Islanders, particularly those that are unhappy with their political situation, may consider relocating to Pitcairn?
March 2019 meeting of the PNI in London
This photograph was taken at the March 2019 meeting of the Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society. Our meetings are held twice a year at Doggett's Coat and Badge near London Blackfriars Station (you can see the river Thames through the window in this photo, and it is worth attending the meetings for the view of St Paul's across the river!). The display included some very rare Pitcairn handicrafts from members' collections.

More meeting photographs, taken by member Siew Wai Ng, can be seen on our website by clicking this link.
Ransom's Pitcairn Postcard Catalogue

Ransom's Pitcairn Postcard Catalogue has not been published in full since 1999, so a new edition is long overdue. I have made several attempts at a new edition over the years, and even considered trying to produce a kind of coffee table book. Understandably, for a particularly small print run, the cost was prohibitive, especially when taking potential sales into consideration. I was really only going to be producing it for myself.

It seems that the 1999 edition was very well received, and it has been described as “the leading authority on cards” in one recent review. No matter how much I think of it as an important catalogue, I have to admit that there are really very few collectors of Pitcairn and Bounty postcards, and there are never going to be enough to make a catalogue profitable. It is for that reason that I have taken the decision to abandon the idea of a printed edition, and produce the book as a completely free downloadable edition in individual parts.

I am very proud of the catalogue, and must acknowledge the early cataloguing work of David Sleep in the UK, and Ron Edwards on Norfolk Island, who helped me greatly in its early days.

A major advantage of producing a digital edition is that it can be corrected or updated at any time. For that reason, each section that I produce will have the version number at the top right of every page so that you can easily see if you have the latest version available. The catalogue has been designed so that you may print it on A4 paper if you wish to have a hard copy.


David Ransom

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