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NORFOLK ISLAND ANNEXED TO VAN DIEMEN'S LAND

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NORFOLK ISLAND ANNEXED TO VAN DIEMEN'S LAND

Postby aukepalmhof » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:19 pm

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Norfolk Island annexed to Van Diemen’s Land on 29th September 1844, The Norfolk Island Post issued two stamps, which show a map of Van Diemen’s Land and Norfolk Island, and between the two islands a vessel given as a cutter.

Norfolk Island had become the most notorious penal station in the English-speaking world.
In 1843, Queen Victoria declared that from September 1844 Norfolk Island “shall cease to belong to the colony of New South Wales and shall be taken to be part of the colony of Van Diemen’s Land”.

The convicts were treated very harsh and inhumane on Norfolk Island until Alexander Maconochie was appointed as Commandant of Norfolk Island in 1840, where after the convicts started to be treated more humanely.
In February 1844 Maconochie was replaced by Captain Joseph Childs and on 29 September 1844 the administrative control of Norfolk Island passed from New South Wales to Van Diemen's Land. During this time the island regained its reputation for brutality, which it retained until the penal settlement Norfolk Island was finally closed in 1853.

The vessel shown on the stamp is not identified, S.G. give her as a cutter, The cutter was regular used by the Australian Colonial Government to transferred goods, messages, persons, convicts from one penal station to another station.

Source: Various internet sites.
Norfolk Island 1969 5c/30c sg 100/01, scott ?
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