Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) Interpretation Plan

Client: Australian National Maritime Museum Location: Norfolk Island Completed: Current
KAVHA on Norfolk Island is one of the 11 sites that comprise the UNESCO World Heritage listed Australian Convict Sites. The sites collectively are representative of the global phenomenon of convictism and its association with global developments in the punishment of crime in the modern era. In addition to its convict past the KAVHA site is distinguished by archaeological evidence of Polynesian settlement and being the place of resettlement of the Pitcairn Islanders, descendants of the Bounty Mutineers, who have created a unique cultural identity and deep association with their island home. Convergence has been commissioned to develop an interpretation plan for the site, incorporating priorities for interpretation over the next five years, which acknowledges and communicates the multilayered history and significance of the site.
KAVHA was the landing place of the Pitcairn Islanders in 1856. Their descendants today comprise nearly a third of Norfolk Island’s population. They value KAVHA as a place of special significance because it has been continually and actively used as a place of residence, work, worship and recreation.