World Heritage listed Kingston, the old capital of Norfolk Island, is not only brimming with fascinating history, but is stunningly beautiful into the bargain.
Picturesquely situated on the foreshore of the south eastern corner of the island, Kingston has one of the finest collections of Georgian buildings in the southern hemisphere.
While the convict history is sometimes tragic and frequently brutal, the physical beauty of the area with its idyllic lagoon and reef protected swimming beaches, makes it an ideal holiday destination. Families can split their days between enjoying the outdoor activities on offer including swimming, snorkeling, long boarding, walking and cycling with an intriguing investigation of the four distinct settlements of Norfolk Island.
The Research and Information Centre in the beautifully restored Georgian cottage at No.9 Quality Row is a great starting point. Here the friendly and knowledgeable staff can direct you to records, maps, journals and reports that can help you investigate convict or mutineer ancestry, or discover incredible stories about the men and women who lived on Norfolk Island centuries ago. They also have material for school students, a wonderful reference section, as well as a DVD to watch, and brochures on the Kingston area.
The staff can help you plan your exploration of Kingston and will definitely whet your appetite for investigating the rich and vibrant past of this fascinating place. The cottage itself is dripping with history. From the leg iron worn steps that lead to the flagstone verandah to the dimly lit servant’s quarters in the rear courtyard, the convict past of No.9 is never far away. Standing at the front door looking up and down the street, it is easy to imagine you have slipped back in time to the days of the red coats and their miserable charges.
No.9 is conveniently located a short stroll from Emily Bay, the main swimming lagoon, the golf club, the cricket oval, the cemetery, numerous picnic spots and the four museums. There is literally something for every member of the family. So don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the experience of living history, starting at the world heritage Research and Information Centre in Kingston.