On the 8th June 1856, the Morayshire arrived at Norfolk where they were met by the Commissariat Storekeeper and his wife. This day became Bounty Day, also known as Anniversary Day and it is celebrated every year by the Norfolk Island community.
Anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairners
Anniversary (Bounty) Day on the 8th of June 2019 will mark the 163rd anniversary of the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders to Norfolk Island. Note that the Bounty Day parade will occur on Monday 10th June this year due to religious observances on a Saturday. The Pitcairners were of course, the descendants of the infamous English sailors of mutiny on the Bounty fame and the Tahitian women who, under their leader Fletcher Christian began a new life on isolated Pitcairn Island. After outgrowing tiny Pitcairn the community, made up of eight family groupings, relocated to Norfolk Island where their descendants live today.
This is now their ‘National’ day and always a highlight for visitors who are always welcomed to take part. It offers a wonderful opportunity to absorb the Norf’k culture, embodied through the local language (a mix of Tahitian and old English), food, crafts and customs.
The day begins with Islanders dressed in their traditional ‘Bounty’ clothes re-enacting the 1856 landing at Kingston Pier. From there they proceed to the Cenotaph to lay wreaths for those who so readily gave their lives at War. At the end of Quality Row lies the island’s cemetery and here the children place flowers on the graves of family members as traditional hymns are sung. This poignant action is a deliberate remembrance of ‘where they have come from’ as above all, Bounty Day is about celebrating heritage with ‘family’ at its core. Judging of the best dressed of family group is always a well-humoured and contested decision!
Perhaps the centrepiece of Bounty Day is the all-of-community picnic that features traditional dishes in amazing abundance! Island dancing and music also kicks in as the festive part of the day really begins. As the afternoon wears on the adults sit back with a baeli ful (full belly) and the children play cricket or throw a football about. The children, as well as the adults also enjoy during the week the ‘Bounty Ball’, dressed in their finest suits they compete, waltz and barn-dance the night away.
The community always welcomes visitors to take part in the day and are welcome to walk alongside the procession from Kingston Pier to the Cemetery.
4 – 11 June 2019 depart Brisbane
From $1099 per person twin share
7 – 14 June 2019 depart Sydney
From $1149 per person twin share
Holiday package includes
- Return ‘seat and bag’ airfare to Norfolk Island
- Meet & Greet at the Airport
- Return airport transfers
- Seven night’s accommodation
- Seven days car hire
- Half day island orientation tour
- Bounty Day Re-enactment
- Discount Norfolk Shopping Card with free gift
- Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild
Bounty Day ‘Optional’ Sumptuous Lunch after the Re-enactment including transfers and entertainment $150 per person
Please note prices are current today and subject to change without notice up until time of final payment and ticketing.
Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due upon booking. Final payment is due prior to 1 March 2019. Airfare is subject to availability and non-refundable after issue. Changes are permitted until day before departure however date/route changes can only be made within 7 days travel dates either side of your original booked travel dates. Amendments, upgrades and name changes are NOT permitted within 24 hours prior to departure. Payment of a change fee (per passenger) applies plus any applicable upgrade fees to cover the difference between the original fare and the new fare. Accommodation cancellation penalties apply within 90 days prior to travel. Within 60 days of travel, up to 100% cancellation fees may apply. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you in some instances for unforeseen cancellation.
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