Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Anniversary (Bounty) Day on the 8th of June 2016 will mark the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders to Norfolk Island. They were the descendants of the English sailors of mutiny on the Bounty fame and the Tahitian women who, under their leader Fletcher Christian began a new life on isolated Pitcairn Island.  After outgrowing tiny Pitcairn the community, made up of eight family groupings, relocated to Norfolk Island where their descendants live today.

The anniversary is the ‘National’ day for Islanders and always a highlight for visitors travelling to take part. It offers a wonderful opportunity to absorb the Norf’k culture, embodied through the local language (a mix of Tahitian and old English), food, crafts and customs.

The day begins with Islanders dressed in their traditional ‘Bounty’ clothes re-enacting the 1856 landing at Kingston Pier. From there they proceed to the Cenotaph to lay wreaths for those who so readily gave their lives at War. At the end of Quality Row (so named by the Pitcairners’ upon seeing the majesty of the Georgian buildings lining the street) lies the island’s cemetery. Here the children place flowers on the graves of family members as traditional hymns are sung. This poignant action is a deliberate remembrance of ‘where they have come from’ as above all, Bounty Day is about celebrating heritage with ‘family’ at its core.  Judging of the best dressed of family group is always a well-humoured and contested decision!

Perhaps the centrepiece of Bounty Day is the all-of-community picnic that features traditional dishes in amazing abundance! Island dancing and music also kicks in as the festive part of the day really begins. As the afternoon wears on the adults sit back with a bael ful (full belly) and the children play cricket or throw a football about. The children, as well as the adults also enjoy during the week the ‘Bounty Ball’, dressed in their finest suits they compete, waltz and barn-dance the night away.

As a significant 160th anniversary, next year will see many re-unions of family and friends living off-island making it ‘home’ for the day as an expression of pride in their heritage and island. The community always welcomes visitors to take part in the day and are welcome to walk alongside the procession from Kingston Pier to the Cemetery.

A special Bounty Day Package put together by the Norfolk Island Travel Centre includes a sumptuous Bounty Day Smorgasbord Lunch, Island Culture Tour, Pitcairn Settlers Tour, Cyclorama, Norfolk Island Museum Pass and museum presentation “Bligh vs Christian”.

Seven day package including flights, accommodation and car hire from at $999 per person twin share ex Brisbane, $1039 per person ex Sydney.  The Bounty Day Optional Package is an additional cost. If a group of 21 or more travel together one in the group will fly free (airfare taxes apply) and if accommodated together some properties offer 1 in 10 people stay free.  There are real incentives to organising a group to travel together to enjoy these savings – maybe from your local club or interest group?  Conditions apply – prices subject to change.

Contact us for more information on phone 1800 1400 66 email [email protected] or visit our website at  

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Norfolk Island Travel Centre

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

Christan Davies
P: AU 1800 1400 66 or NZ 0800 0088 10


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