Lord Howe Island Group
A remarkable example of isolated oceanic islands, born of volcanic activity more than 2,000 m under the sea, these islands boast a spectacular topography and are home to numerous endemic species, especially birds.
- Lord Howe Island was first discovered by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the First Fleet ship, Supply, in 1788, while en route between Sydney Cove and the penal settlement of Norfolk Island.
- The island was first settled in 1834, when three couples arrived from New Zealand.
- During the early 19th century, whalers would often come in search of food and fresh water. The native fauna – which hitherto had not the experience of the vices of man – was easy to catch. Most of the island’s endemic birds were driven to extinction during this period.
Year of Inscription: 1982
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