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Address on the occasion of the unveiling of a plaque at the Pier Store, Kingston to mark "Bounty Day" celebrations.



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ADDRESS BY

HIS EXCELLENCY MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL JEFFERY AC CVO MC

GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ON THE OCCASION OF

THE UNVEILING OF A PLAQUE AT THE PIER STORE, KINGSTON TO MARK "BOUNTY

DAY' CELEBRATIONS

NORFOLK ISLAND

8 JUNE 2006

·      His Honour the Administrator and Mrs Tambling ·      The Honourable David Buffet, Chief Minister and Mrs Buffet ·      Members of the Bounty Day Organising Committee ·      Ladies and gentlemen This occasion suggests to me that dislocation from the place of one's birth as indeed faced by the people of many nations through the history of mankind, is not always a total  story of sorrow and anxiety; but can be an extraordinary account of contribution, adaptation and success. And such is very much the case, here on Norfolk Island.   193 Pitcairn Islanders departed their first island home, with 194 arriving on Norfolk on 8 Jun 1856. There had been one birth during the journey.  All concerned showed great fortitude in undertaking such a long and arduous journey on the Morayshire.   This Pier area, including the Pier Store and Kingston Pier provides a continuum of linkage from that early arrival of 150 years ago to the present day.   Looking around me, one can actually sense the presence of and the unbroken link to the original Pitcairn Islanders. This presence and linkage has been strongly reinforced throughout the wonderfully colourful and realistic re-enactment of their landing here this morning, and through the path before us that culminates at Kingston cemetery; itself a place of history where you honour generations of your community who have helped create the identity of Norfolk Island and made it the cohesive community it is.

  Whilst the re-enactment celebrates and recalls the colourful, heroic past, it also highlights the ongoing strength of your community and your desire for a prosperous future.   I hope that in a further one hundred and fifty years time, the descendants of today's Norfolk Island community will look back on this occasion and sense the same community pride and ethos which has so characterised this special location since 1856.   It is now my great pleasure to unveil the commemorative plaque.