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Pitcairn and Norfolk Islands Society Newsletter
Number 5   •   August 2020
First of all, welcome to you if you have not seen this Newsletter before. I have taken the liberty of adding people from our membership list. If you would prefer not to receive any more messages like this one, I apologise for adding you, please unsubscribe by visiting the link at the bottom. If you decide to stay on this Newsletter mailing list, I promise not to send you too many emails, in fact the previous one was sent in April, so they are not really too annoying.

Hello and welcome also to the our regular readers. 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. Both the PNI and The Bounty magazine are still here, although, sadly we have not been able to meet in person this year now that both our London meetings have been cancelled due to the worldwide Coronavirus Covid 19 situation. We really hope that we will all be able to meet again in 2021 on Saturday 13th March, so please keep that date free. PNI members will be contacted again nearer the time with all the meeting arrangements.

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

Stay safe and keep well until we next meet in London.

David Ransom, editor of The Bounty
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The Bounty – January 2021 edition


There is still time to send your copy in for the next edition of The Bounty. The deadline for articles is 1st November, but if you email me, I will be able to let you know if there is still room to include your article / letter / advertisement / news item before we go to print in December.
Pitcairn Island sketches by Rear Admiral Marcus Lowther sold in auction for £52,000
This sketch of mutineer John Adams son George's home on Pitcairn Island is also thought to show George's young daughter in the foreground.

Thank you to our member Ted Cookson for letting me know of this album which was auctioned on 9th June. The above sketch was one of nine of Pitcairn amongst an album of 166 original watercolours and drawings made on voyages between 1842 and 1853.

The sketches were all made by Rear Admiral Marcus Lowther, who served on board HMS Portland which travelled to China, Hong Kong and The Pacific Islands. Lowther stayed with George Adams for a time while on Pitcairn.

The auction estimate was £10,000 to £15,000, and the hammer price was £52,000.

Follow the links below to read more, and to see more of the sketches.
Auction Listing
Newspaper article (with more illustrations)

5 minute Video: Secret History –
Norfolk Island & The First Fleet

"There's a story not often told about the First Fleet settlement of Australia in 1788. It's the tale of The First Fleet's second mission - settle Norfolk Island. This small colony in the South Pacific started just 3-months after Sydney Cove was settled in 1788 even went on to save the main Sydney colony from starvation a number of times. Here's my quick-take on this fascinating chapter of Australian colonial history."
Adam Woodhams

Mutiny on the Bounty in Lego !

I found this by chance on a Lego Ideas web page. It is an interesting idea, but sadly doesn't seem to have gone into production by the company.

The image, below right, shows the modified Captain's Quarters, and twelve Lego breadfruit trees.
In the picture above right, from left to right: Lego Peter Heywood, Loyalist; Lego William Brown, Mutineer; Lego John Fryer, Loyalist; Lego John Mills, Mutineer; Lego Charles Churchill, Mutineer; Lego Thomas Ellison, Mutineer; Lego Charles Samuel, Loyalist; Lego Fletcher Christian, Leader of Mutineers; and Lego Lt. William Bligh, commanding officer of HMS Bounty.

Pitcairn Island postcards for sale

Do you collect Pitcairn Island postcards? There is a large selection available for sale on my website. Many are now in fairly limited quantities. These cards sometimes come up for sale, second hand, on eBay, at prices higher than on this website where they are brand new copies!
Pitcairn postcard shop

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Don't forget that your four digit pass code is printed in the January 2020 edition of The Bounty, in the editorial on page 21. It was also included in an email sent by the PNI Secretary, Tony Williams, to all members on 16th August. Please don't share it.
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