The Price of Paradise


Anson Bay

Just back from a week on Norfolk Island, lovely. A local custom when driving on the island is to wave at every vehicle that comes your way. I tried this when I got back into the car in Sydney – apart from getting RSI of the wrist, by the time I got onto Southern Cross Drive I’m sure I nearly caused several accidents.

The islanders, the Pitcairners and later settlers alike, are friendly and welcome visitors to help boost their struggling economy. The Australian federal government, against the wishes of the majority of Norfolk Islanders, passed the “Norfolk Island Legislation Amendment Act 2015”.

You can read more here:

In the nutshell of my brain, it appears that the Government of Australia has given the territory, without consultation, Medicare and Centrelink, with the cost being the imposition of income tax and the dissolution of the island’s legislative assembly. Pay up and shut up. We were told many times that the island is broke. The current drought, on top of the issues of governance, is not helping.

Anyway, no animosity was shown to us Australian tourists.

The island is spectacular and the history, which has been shaped by its difficult sea access and four waves of human settlement, is well worth putting on your bucket list (if you subscribe to that sort of thinking).

Now, several hundred emails to deal with and a book launch to prepare for.

In the meantime, some holiday snaps:


Sunrise bursting through the pines and the old prison wall – Kingston, Norfolk Island


St Barnabas Chapel


St Barnabas Chapel – interior

desk at anson

A place to do some paperwork is provided on the beach at Anson Bay

old boat

Old lighter down by Kingston pier


Ships anchored off the west coast of Norfolk Island



12 thoughts on “The Price of Paradise

  1. Wow! Looks like a beautiful little place from the photos. I read the timeline of history in the link you sent, what a David and Goliath battle, with Goliath in this case being a real beast about letting them have democratic autonomy. I really hope they get it with the UN’s backing. With 1.7K people there and a tiny place, it makes you wonder why Australia even cares that much about it and wants to hold onto it?

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