Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Discovery and Rediscoveries - History Through Art

The theme for the 36th annual National Trust Heritage Festival 2016 is ‘Discovery and Rediscoveries’. Discovery can encompass the experience of discovering something for the first time or rediscovering something that has been lost, forgotten or concealed.   This theme can be explored through archaeological experiences or any type of cultural heritage. To participate in this year’s festival the Museum has chosen art as its medium.   
Painting by Betty Laing
Art of Norfolk Island – rediscovering history through art.  This one hour presentation is an illustration of our history.  Look through the lens of the artists to visualise the island as it appeared to the settlers from the First Fleet in 1788 and sense the hardships of the second British Settlement from 1825, then appreciate the island culture since the arrival of the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856.  Realise the island’s natural beauty is the only common thread throughout our island’s painted history.   Gaye Evans delivered this presentation last Thursday, 20 April at the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Research Centre at No. 9 Quality Row.  There was no charge for this event and everyone was welcome to attend.   
Painting by Betty Laing
Janelle Blucher


  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Norfolk Island? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Norfolk Island in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez