1850 the population was 156 and increasing rapidly. Their friends
in England and the Pacific were again discussing the question of
emigration, for it was feared that land would soon become insufficient,
and fish had deserted the coastal waters since the landslides caused by
the great storm of 1845.
their experiences in Tahiti, the islanders insisted that if they were
compelled to emigrate it should be to an uninhabited island. After
examining several possibilities, the majority of the community decided
to move, with British Government aid, to Norfolk Island. It had much to
recommend it. It was larger than Pitcairn and now uninhabited, but 60
years of convict labour had left hundreds of acres under cultivation.
The island was well stocked with domestic animals and there were roads
In 1856, when the naval transport Morayshire arrived, all 193 islanders
boarded her. A son, Reuben Denison Christian, was born to Isaac and
Miriam Christian during the journey, bringing the population to 194.
The Morayshire was a three-masted, full-rigged, 830-ton “emigrant
ship” under the command of Captain Joseph Mathers. 3700 mile,
five-week journey to Norfolk Island; arriving on 8 June 1856.
The arrival of the Pitcairn people provided a fresh dimension to Norfolk Island. They introduced and have maintained and cultivated their distinctive culture and language, and preserved the rich history and natural magnificence of the Island. The majority of the Islanders lived a subsistence lifestyle, growing their own food. In later years their incomes were supplemented by exporting produce and by whaling.
The return to Pitcairn from 1858 –1864 is the second part of this fascinating story. It will feature in a separate stamp issue in the near future.
|50c, $1.00, $1.50, $3.00||Pitcairn Journey Mint/CTO Strip
|Pitcairn Journey Mint/CTO Gutter Pair Strip||$12.00|
|FDC - with Pitcairn Stamps
|Pitcairn Journey Full Sheet (10 strips + gutter)||$60.00|
|Norfolk Post Mint Set (5 stamps)||$5.40|
||Joint FDC - with Pitcairn and Norfolk Island stamps||$12.40|
||Mary Butterfield, Norfolk Island||Pitcairn Stamps
to you by:
|Illustrators:||Tracey Yager, Sue Draper, and Glenn Douran.|
|Images:||Taken from 'Fletcher's Mutiny Cyclorama' Norfolk
|Printer :||Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
|Process :||Offset Litho|
|Stamp Size:||45.15mm x 37.5mm, 4 horizontal stamps|
|Perforation Gauge :||14.40 x 14.60
|Sheet Configuration:||40 stamps per sheet (2 x 20 panes in 10 strips)|
|Denominations :||Stamps 50c, $1.00, $1.50 and $3.00.|
|Paper :||Tullis Russell 104gsm Non phosphor stamp paper
||7 June 2006 for a period of 2 years.