Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants: A History

Pitcairn Island, the Bounty Mutineers and Their Descendants: A History

by Robert W. Kirk

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786493845
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert W. Kirk has previously written on South Pacific history, World War II and travel. A semi-retired professor of history, he lives in Santa Rosa, California.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vi

Foreword by Herbert Ford 1

Introduction: The Island as Icon 3



1. Pitcairn Discovered 9

2. Bread That Grows on Trees! 14

3. Destination Tahiti 17

4. Captain Bligh vMrChristian 25

5. The Famous Captain Bligh 31

6. With the Mutineers 37

7. An Almost Perfect Hideaway 46

8. Early Visitors: 1814–1825 52

9. Captain Beechey Learns the Bloody Details 61

10. Death of the Patriarch 70

11. Fatal Tahitian Sojourn 75

12. “The Mussolini of Pitcairn” 82

13. A Busy Port of Call: 1839–1849 91

14. Emergency Ward 99

15. Before the Separation 103

16. The Move to Norfolk Island 111

17. Return to Pitcairn 119

18. Shipwrecks and Hysteria 126

19. Pitkern and Place Names 133

20. Conversion, Constitution—and Murder 137

21. Into a New Century: 1900–1928 146

22. What Depression? The 1930s 155

23. War and a Windfall: 1939–1959 167

24. Population in Freefall: 1960–1979 182

25. Dreams of Smiley’s Millions … And a Dream Realized 199

26. Bicentennial Decade 209

27. Island on Trial 222



Chapter Notes 233

Works Cited 245

Index 251

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