Norfolk Island Folk History

Norfolk Island Folk History – Music, poetry & stories from our Convict, whaling & Bounty heritage

Norfolk Island Folk History

25 August 2017 - 01 September 2017

Norfolk Island’s whaling and convict histories are rarely told via song, stories and poetry yet there is a rich record of these contained in the journals and letters of those who worked, lived or passed by the Island from the late 18th Century.

As a result of years of both meticulous historical research and decades of experience as a folk musician and performer, Don Brian uniquely tells and sings Norfolk Island’s stories. Sue draws on her years as a researcher and working with Norfolk Island’s historical artefacts to tell the stories that are not usually told, revealing the personalities and intrigue from the island’s whaling and convict past.

An historical journey like no other on offer…

Your Hosts: Don and Sue Brian

Don Brian has been exploring his linked passions for history and folklore for over 40 years. He sings traditional folksongs, sea songs and shanties which tell the maritime history of the Pacific. In Sydney, he sings with the traditional shanty group, The Roaring Forties aboard the square-rigged barque, the James Craig. He also sings traditional, collected songs with The Southern Cross Trawlers.

Since arriving on Norfolk Island in 2009, Don has had a particular interest in collecting the folklore, stories, songs and poems of the Islanders from the convict settlers to the present day.

Together, Don and Sue have been researching the influence of the whaling industry and the American ship-based whalers on Norfolk’s heritage and will recount some of the less well known stories they have found during their research.

While living on Norfolk, Sue became involved in the research and the conservation of the Museum’s artefacts from the Bounty to the current day. She developed a passion for learning traditional skills in hat-making which she was taught by the Island’s hat makers and has extended this into a study of cabbage-tree hat making in Australia.

Together, they bring an articulate, thoughtful and thoroughly fascinating perspective on Norfolk Island’s folk heritage.

26 August - 2 September 2017 depart Brisbane
From $1529 per person twin share

25 August - 1 September 2017 depart Sydney
From $1579 per person twin share

Holiday package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare to Norfolk Island ex Sydney or Brisbane
  • Meet & Greet at the Airport
  • Return airport transfers on Norfolk Island
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 days car hire per apartment (petrol is additional)
  • Norfolk Island Folk History Registration:
    • Welcome Dinner, including “Unearthing Norfolk Island’s Untold Stories” talk
    • “Tales from the Artefacts” as discovered by Sue in each of the four Norfolk Island Museums including packed lunch
    • “Convicts of the Second Settlement” - focusing on escapes, riots, work and personalities
    • “Norfolk Island on The Middle Ground” - a presentation in song, historic and modern images and spoken word about the history of the Pacific whaling
    • Norf’k culture night at Tampali including dinner & entertainment
    • Devonshire tea and Cyclorama visit, including plaiting demonstration by Sue
    • Personal tour by local NI Whale Boat ‘Rhonda’ builders and Pitcairn Settlers Village Tour
    • Farewell “Sea Shanties” night dinner including entertainment at The Jolly Roger Bar and Restaurant
  • Half day Island tour
  • Complimentary Mini Golf and A Walk in the Wild rainforest walk
  • Bonus Norfolk Island discount shopping card

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

Conditions/Cancellation penalties

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $200 per person is due upon booking. Final payment is due prior to Monday 20th May 2017. 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.

Payment Options
Prices shown are in Australian dollars unless otherwise stated (New Zealand prices indicated by NZ$ prefix). Prices are valid for payment by personal or bank cheques or by direct deposit into Norfolk Island Travel Centre client trust account. If you prefer to pay by Visa or Mastercard please note credit card surcharge of 1.5% applies to AUD prices. For NZ$ packages paying by Visa or Mastercard, the transaction will be converted to AUD (amount reconfirmed to you on the day of the transaction) and processed via our AUD merchant facility.