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View of New Norfolk, Tasmania ca. 1868

TAS029.01 View of New Norfolk. Tasmania, Australia ca. 1868Description: View of New Norfolk.

Location: Tasmania, Australia


Our Catalogue Reference: Part of CO 1069/621.

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Historical Information

Approximately 163 of the pioneers who settled around the town of New Norfolk were from the 554 folk resettled when the first Norfolk Island settlement was closed, most arriving during the period between 29 November 1807 and 2 October 1808. These Norfolk Islanders were mainly farming families, who were offered land grants in Tasmania as compensation for their relocation.

The climate was colder than sub-tropical Norfolk Island, which proved a challenge for the hardy pioneers during the first few years, but eventually, the district became self-supporting. In 1825 the original name of the town, Elizabeth Town, was changed to New Norfolk in honour of their former home.

Many of the founding pioneers were “First Fleeters”, transferred from Sydney to Norfolk Island when it was settled just a few weeks after Sydney. Ten First Fleeters are buried in the Methodist Chapel at Lawitta, New Norfolk.

New Norfolk, Tasmania, Australia

ca. 1868

New Norfolk, Tasmania

Colourised and enhanced photograph showing three men sitting on a hill overlooking the town of New Norfolk in Tasmania – circa 1868.

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