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Blog post from Friday, 7 March, 2014

Happy Foundation day to our Norfolk Island friends.

On the 6th March 1788, Philip Gidley King established a settlement on this Island with a party of 23, of whom 15 were convicts. He wrote:

At Day break I left the Supply with 2 Boats, having in them all ye people belonging to ye settlement (except ye women) the Tents, a quantity of each kind of provisions & ye most usefull tools, which we landed with great ease & ye people were instantly set to work clearing away ground enough to erect the Tents on & ye Colours were hoisted, before sunset ever thing & person belonging to the settlement were onshore & their Tents pitched. before the Colours were hauled down, I assembled all ye settlement & Liet Ball present I took possession of ye Isle drinking “His Majesty” “the Queen” Prince of Wales" “Governor Phillip & success to ye Colony” after which three Cheers were given

(Source: Philip Gidley King - Private journal, in two volumes, 1786-1792. Vol. 1 titled: `Remarks & Journal kept on the Expedition to form a Colony in His Majestys Territory of New South Wales …is Majesty’s Ship Sirius …’, 24 October 1786 - 12 January 1789)