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Kingston and Arthur's Vale Historic Area

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Address: Norfolk Island, Australia
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Historic area and museums

Great historical significance of the penal settlement at Kingston. There are 4 museums and various buildings (some restored) to explore. We did a tag-along tour of two museums... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Great historical significance of the penal settlement at Kingston. There are 4 museums and various buildings (some restored) to explore. We did a tag-along tour of two museums with a very informative guide, who also did our cemetery tour. We purchased a Museum Pass which allowed us to visit all four buildings as often as we liked (a much more... More 

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Perth, Australia
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13 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The remains of the seaside quarry and the salt house where the convicts' toiled, the ruins of the old hospital and surgeon's quarters, the old prison walls, as well as the exhibits in the museums are sad reminders of man's inhumanity to men. However, the house at No. 10 Quality Row stands as a testimony to the better qualities of... More 

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Milperra NSW Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We enjoyed visiting this area and a "Tag-a-long Tour" is a great way to start. Janine who is a descendant told us so much about the history. As it was raining we drove to each Museum. The Sirius relics and DVD of retrieving artifacts from the seafront was so interesting and informative. One of the main reasons we did this... More 

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Brisbane
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Loved the Kingston area. It is well worth a visit. The tag-along tours are really interesting. It's wonderful to see the locals talking about their history - and a lot are direct desendants of people from the "Bounty". The ruins of the convict settlement are still standing and there is a good display of old photos in the surgeons quarters... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

In this area you can walk among historical buildings and visit pristine museums which would rival museums in bigger cities. The information is beautifully presented and life breathed into the history by locals who tell the stories from their perspective with their 'tag-along-tours'. All this sits at the edge of the ocean with beautiful views as far as the eye... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This area is a must-see for all visitors to Norfolk Island....primarily for it's history & still standing convict ruins. It is best visited with a guide as they are so knowledgeable in the ancient history. The local community are to be commended for leaving as much of the convict ruins as preserved as they have...as it tells a very interesting... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Kingston area is full of history. The more time you spend there the more information and stories you hear. Go to the museums and do the tag-along tours - the guides are extremely passionate and knowledgeable.

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Canberra
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

You can walk around the area, reading the signs and visiting the museums. I do recommend joining one of the tours that bring you down here - lots of extra information on these.

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Queensland
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Really enjoyed exploring this area - would need more than the week we had to do it justice. Staff lovely and informative. Great value passes. I don't usually enjoy 'convict history' but so much more to the history than this aspect - fascinating stories in detail of the Bounty mutineers and their families, the shipwreck, and also the industries set... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is what it's all about....living history, the beginning of colonial times on the island a true education about the lives of the prisoners and soldiers when NI was first a penal colony. Apart from Port Arthur in Tas I do not think there is anywhere else that can take you back in time like Kingston. Take your time, walk... More 

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