Convict Culture Week on Norfolk Island inc. Dancing in Fetters

Convict Culture Week on Norfolk Island inc. Dancing in Fetters

Ian Rolfe Kingston Dawn 220919 Norfolk Island 05SS4

20 May 2023 - 25 May 2023


Price from $1729pp twin share (event registration extra)


Join us for a week to explore convict culture with workshops, talks, dance, music and song whilst enjoying tours, walks and dining around the island.

Holiday Package Inclusions

Return economy seat to Norfolk Island
Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
7 nights twin share accommodation
7 days car hire – petrol additional
Half Day Island Orientation Tour
Norfolk Island shopping bag, map, handy hints & shopping discounts

Event Details

Celebrating Maconochie’s Frolic

For one day in 1840 the convicts on Norfolk Island were encouraged to dance, sing and play.  On 25 May they celebrated the birthday of the young Queen Victoria in a remarkable day when there was no crime or punishment, only rejoicing. News of this event caused such an uproar in London that Commandant Maconochie was dismissed and the convict system reviewed.

Join us for a week to explore convict culture with workshops, talks, dance, music and song whilst enjoying tours, walks and dining around the island.   Convict Culture Week is run in conjunction with the exhibition Dancing in Fetters: the culture of convict dance at the Norfolk Island Museum from April to August 2023.  The national tour of this exhibition is funded by Visions of Australia and partnered by Bush Traditions and the Abbey Museum.

Convict Settlement Tour Pinetrees

Program Inclusions

Separate Registration of $160 pp includes:

  • Welcome 2 course dinner and presentation at the Norfolk Island RSL
  • Dances and dance workshops with Dr. Heather Clarke
  • Music sessions with Roland and Isabel Clarke, John Tomlin and Trish Williams
  • ‘Convict Songs of the Second Settlement’ and singing sessions with Don and Sue Brian
  • Talks: Convict theatres, Untold stories of Norfolk Island, Dancing in Fetters,
  • Talk by Robert Wills, author of Alias Blind Larry, and editor of The Castle Andalusia … as performed by convicts on Norfolk Island in 1840.
  • Norfolk Island Museum Pass, Tag-A-Long Tours and Cemetery Tour
  • Farewell Dinner and Dance night at Tampali on 25 May to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Birthday (BYO drinks)


Holiday Package Prices

Saturday 20 May 2023 departing Brisbane from $1889pp twin share
Friday 19 May 2023 departing Sydney from $1729pp twin share
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Terms and Conditions

Please note prices are indicative only, current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.

Conditions/Cancellation Penalties

Deposit and final payment

Package prices advertised are indicative only, subject to availability at time of booking. A non-refundable deposit per person is due upon booking: $250 if booking prior to 19 August 2022; or $1000 if booking after 19 August 2022. Final payment is due prior to Monday 13 February 2023. In some cases air tickets will be issued within 24 hours of making the reservation. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Tickets are non-transferable. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We therefore strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you against some unforeseen cancellations.

Non-refundable deposits are taken on behalf of suppliers as assurance of payment for services we book for you as well as for the service we have undertaken on your behalf. There are many reasons why people decide to cancel traveling and in all cases deposits remain non-refundable.


NB: Travel restrictions and entry requirements may change at short notice. Please check back regularly for updated information.

It is important that you keep up to date with the latest government requirements available at:

It is strongly recommended that you still undertake a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) for COVID-19 within 48 hours of departing and if this is positive do not travel to the Island. Norfolk Island has very limited health facilities compared with the mainland and particularly if you are elderly, unvaccinated or with a comorbidity and become infected with COVID-10 you will strain these facilities. There remains a mandatory requirement to report a positive result to wither PCR or RAT for COVID-19 to the Norfolk Island Health and Residential aged Care Service 9NIHRACS) whilst on the Island.

This will result in self-isolation until your symptom free, at your own cost.

Payment Options

Prices shown are in Australian dollars and are payable by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into our Commonwealth Bank account (please see bank details below). If you would prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard, please add 1.5% to the total cost of your holiday package.

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A word from your dedicated travel agent - Jayleigh

This is an exciting new event for the Norfolk Island calendar!

Combine a South Pacific holiday with a fascinating insight into the music, dance and culture of convicts on Norfolk Island during the 2nd Penal Settlement.

I'm proud to present this package to you, which includes return airfare, accommodation, car hire; together with a separate event registration full of talk, tours, dancing, singing meals and more. I look forward to helping you plan your holiday for this amazing event.

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