First posted on November 22nd 2004, last revised on October 28th 2010

Norfolk Island in the 14th or 15th century was settled by East Polynesians; the island population went extinct several generations later.
The island was discovered by James Cook in 1774, who named it. Because the uninhabited island offered a supply in flax and timber, it was included in the 1786 plan to colonize New South Wales. From 1788 to 1814 and from 1825 to 1855 it was used as a penal colony.
In 1856 settlers from Pitcairn arrived.
From 1788 to 1844 Norfolk Island was under New South Wales; from 1844 to 1856 under Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania); from 1856 onward a separate territory. In 1901 Norfolk Island was placed under the Commonwealth of Australia as an overseas territory.

Timeline : Norfolk Island

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Country Profiles Modern from Wikipedia; from CIA World Factbook
Links General from dmoz
Category : Norfolk Island, from Wikipedia
Norfolk Island's Official Homepage
Norfolk Island's Home on the Web
on History Category : History of Norfolk Island, from Wikipedia
Organizations Pacific History Association
Pacific Islands Museums and Cultural Institutions Association (PIMA)
New Zealand Society of Genealogists, Pacific Islands Interest Group
Pacific Islands Study Circle (Philately)
Historical Dictionaries Archaeopedia New Zealand
Accounts of History History and Culture, from
Norfolk Island's Fascinating History, from Discover Norfolk Island
Settlements, from Norfolk Island's Home on the Web
Politics Political Resources on the Web : Norfolk Island; Article Politics of Norfolk Island, from Wikipedia
Economy & Finances
Social History Article : Norfolk Island, from Education Encyclopedia
Local History
Biographies Pacific Islander Biography, database maintained at ANU
Others Australasia Ecoregion, from WWF

Historical Data Lists of Statesmen World Statesmen : Norfolk Island, by Ben Cahoon
Lists of Consuls Political Graveyard : Norfolk Island, has incomplete list of U.S. consuls
Population Figures Historical Population Statistics : Australia : dependencies and territories, from Population Statistics, by Jan Lahmeyer
Documents Historical Newspapers Norfolk Island Government Information, see Government Gazette 2000-
Image Databanks
Archival Deposits Search State Records Authority of New South Wales for Norfolk Island
Search National Archives (UK), for Norfolk Island
Constitutions, Laws Norfolk Island Government Information, see Legislation Links
Document Collections
Historical Maps Oceania Maps, from Perry Castaneda Map Collection, UTexas; scroll down for Norfolk Island
Encyclopedia Entries
Geographical Norfolk Island, pp.838-840 in A.G. Findlay, A Directory for the Navigation of the Pacific Ocean, 1851, GB
Parliamentary Debates Hansard (British Parliament)
Tour Guides, Travelogues
Residence Memoirs
Institutions Archives, Musea, Libraries
Official Symbols Flags, Coats of Arms Flag of Norfolk Island, from FOTW

Bibliographies General RHS Bibliography
Tennessee Archaeology Net : Bibliographies for Anthropological Research : Australia and Oceania
on Norfolk Island
Online Libraries General Gutenberg Library Online, Internet Archive
Persee (French search engine)
Norfolk Island New Zealand Digital Library
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
Online Journals On Oceania Journal of the Polynesian Society 1892-1991
Pacific Studies, IA
Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1971-1993, GB
Bulletin of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association 1979-
Journal de la Societe des Oceanistes, 1945-2009 online
The Contemporary Pacific 2000-2013
On Mission Mission Periodicals Online, from Yale Univ. Library
Magazin für die neueste Geschichte der evangelischen Missions- und Bibelgesellschaften 1818, 1820, 1824, 1827, 1831, 1832, 1836, 1837, 1838, 1841, 1850, 1853, 1867 GB; 1818-1856 from Yale Univ. Library
Church Missionary Society (London), Missionary Register, GB; search for Tonga, Friendly Islands vol.11 1823, vol.12 1824, vol.14 1826, vol.16 1828, vol.17 1829, vol.20 1832, vol.30 1842, vol.36 1848, vol.38 1850
London Missionary Society, The Missionary Magazine and Chronicle, 1860, 1862, 1864-I, IA; 1848-1866 at Yale Univ. Library (full view)
Annales de la propagation de la foi 1834-1933, Gallica
General Accounts On Oceania Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th edition, Macropaedia, Vol.25, pp.266-269 Article Pacific Islands : New Caledonia. KMLA Lib.Sign. R 032 B862h v.25
On Norfolk Island
Historical Dictionaries Robert D. Craig and Franklin P. King, Historical Dictionary of Oceania, Westport CT : Greenwood 1981 [G]
Historical Atlas Colin McEvedy, The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Pacific, London : Penguin 1998, 120 pp. [G]
Statistical Data IHS : B.R. Mitchell, International Historical Statistics. Africa, Asia & Oceania 1750-2000, London : Palgrave 2003 [G]

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