Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The 19th of March 2015 will be the 225th anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius on the reef at Norfolk Island.  She was the flagship of the First Fleet and her wrecking was undoubtedly the most serious event to occur during the early life of both the Port Jackson and Norfolk Island settlements. This important anniversary in Australian history is one that we intend to mark and to do so have teamed up with the Norfolk Island Museum to organise a week of events that includes a waterfront luncheon, timed to mark the Noon time  wrecking.
The most exciting news is that our special guest presenters  will be Graham Henderson and Myra Stanbury.  Graham and Myra were the key personnel involved in the four 1980’s expeditions to recover Sirius artefacts, now displayed in Norfolk’s HMS Sirius Museum. Graham is recently retired from the Western Australian Maritime Museum where he was the Foundation Director, and Myra still works there as a Senior Curator. They are co-authors of ‘The Sirius: Past and Present”, a comprehensive book on the Sirius’ history and archaeology. Together they are two of Australia’s most eminent maritime archaeologists and we are very excited that they have agreed to be on-island for this special event.
Graeme and Myra will speak at the anniversary luncheon,  a Welcome dinner, an HMS Sirius Research Presentation and other maritime themed events. No doubt we will hear many stories from the four expeditions which resulted in the raising of approximately 3,000 artefacts including a 1.7 tonne anchor, carronades, ballast, cannon balls, scientific equipment and fine pieces from the Officer’s Cabin.

At the time of her wrecking the Sirius was on a desperate mission sailing to Canton, China to purchase supplies as the Port Jackson population was on the verge of starvation and existing on half rations. It was while both ships were unloading supplies at Kingston that the wrecking occurred. As NSW Governor Arthur Phillip said when news of the wrecking reached him in Port Jackson: “You never saw such dismay as the news of the wreck occasioned amongst us all; for, to use a sea term, we looked upon her as our sheet anchor”.
This week will not only be of interest to those with a maritime interest, but those whose ancestry goes back to the First Fleet.
The Norfolk Island Travel Centre has released hot deals for holiday packages for travel from Brisbane 14-21 March 2015 and from Sydney 13-20 March 2015.  Prices start from $899 per person ex Brisbane and $939 per person ex Sydney for a 7 nights stay twin share.  The prices include return airfare (seat and bag) to Norfolk Island, airline taxes, meet & greet at the airport, 7 night’s twin share accommodation, 7 days car hire (hire car surcharge $20 per day plus petrol extra), discount shopping card, complimentary mini-golf and complimentary ‘A Walk in the Wild’. Prices are current today and subject to change without notice. Conditions apply.

Optional programme an additional $399 per person includes: Special Welcome Bag + Norfolk Island gift, Welcome Cliff-top dinner with guest speaker, Anniversary of the wrecking of HMS Sirius presentation at foreshore and guided tour of Sirius Museum (by Norfolk Island Museums), Anniversary Luncheon in the gorgeous Kingston area with special guest speakers and entertainment, Special HMS Sirius Research Presentation followed on by dinner & entertainment, History in the Making with local historian Arthur Evans, 4 Museums Pass (to do at leisure), Norfolk Island First Fleet Settlement booklet.

For more information contact Norfolk Island Travel Centre, Norfolk Island on toll free phone 1800 1400 66  email [email protected]  or fax 0011 6723 23205

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre is an award winning travel agency that specialises in quality, personalised travel. Norfolk has a unique beauty of its own, with its renowned tall majestic pines, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Almost one third of the island is devoted to National Parks and Reserves. But Norfolk Island is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past. What was once a convicts’ nightmare is now the tranquil home of the descendants from the Mutiny on the Bounty, who have their own unique culture and their own language. There is much to see and do on Norfolk Island: fascinating historic tours, see Kingston which is a World Heritage Listed area,outdoor re-enactments of the Bounty Mutiny (with parts played by actual descendants of Fletcher Christian), ‘Light and Sound’ shows, eco-tours, glass bottom boat coral reef trips, swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dining out in the numerous fine restaurants, bush walking, scenic horse riding, golf on what has been called the world’s most beautiful golf course, bowls, tennis, and squash. Take advantage of Norfolk's tax-free shopping or perhaps simply take some time out to relax and enjoy Norfolk's peaceful existence.

Rebecca Christian, Norfolk Island Travel Centre
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10
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Norfolk Island Travel Centre

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P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10


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