Pitcairn Island and the Bounty Saga -

        Institutions and Monuments:
 A Worldwide List of Related Archives,

Churches, Gardens, Houses, Libraries,
     Monuments, Museums and Ships

       Containing well over 200 clickable links, this PDF monograph published on CD reveals
where 101 Pitcairn- and Bounty-related monuments, manuscripts and artifacts may be viewed
           in a dozen U. S. states and in more than a dozen foreign countries and territories.



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November 21, 2012



Below are the title page, forward, notice, codes, and the first three pages of the listing of monuments, manuscripts and artifacts.  The monograph contains 48 additional pages of such listings in which 95 more monuments, manuscripts and artifacts are identified and described.









A Worldwide List of Related Archives, Churches,
Gardens, Houses, Libraries, Monuments, Museums and Ships


by Ted Cookson



© 2012 Ted Cookson

No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including recording or by any information storage or
retrieval system without written permission of the author, except by a reviewer quoting brief passages in a magazine, newspaper or broadcast. 

Address inquiries to the author at tedcookson@gmail.com or to 3501 Keyser Avenue, Villa 38, Hollywood, Florida 33021-2402 USA.

ISBN: 978-0-9882233-0-1

First Printing
August 2012

Printed in the United States of America






For Barbara,
without whom Pitcairn Island
would still be but a dream





I have lived as an American expatriate in Cairo, Egypt for nearly 30 years.  Since 1988 I have managed Egypt Panorama Tours, a travel agency in a suburb of Cairo, Egypt.  I first visited Egypt as a junior year abroad student in 1971, and I have lived and worked outside the U. S. -- in Cairo, Riyadh and London -- for nearly 35 years.

I have been interested in Pitcairn Island and the Bounty saga since the early 1960s when, as a young teenager growing up in Coos Bay, Oregon, I read the Bounty Trilogy and began collecting the stamps of both Pitcairn Islands and Norfolk Island.  I still collect these stamps today, half a century later.

I joined the Pitcairn Islands Study Group in 1978 as soon as I was aware of its existence and became life member number six in about 1982.  I also joined the FRIENDSofPITCAIRN Yahoo! Group on June 5, 2000, its nineteenth day of existence. 

I have been lucky enough to have been able to visit Pitcairn Island three times within a period of 2 1/2 years between August 2000 and February 2003 while hosting tour groups on cruise ships.  I also visited Norfolk Island in September 2000, October 2002 and January 2010.

I am a member of the Travelers' Century Club (TCC).  Membership in that organization is limited to those who have visited one hundred or more countries of the world.  The TCC was organized in Los Angeles in 1954 by a group of the world's most widely-traveled people, and today it boasts over 1,700 members from throughout the U. S. and many foreign countries.  Coincidentally, Pitcairn Island and Norfolk Island are both included on the Club's official list of 321 destinations, of which I have now visited 316.  (For more information on the TCC, readers should visit www.travelerscenturyclub.org.  Those interested may also find it convenient to refer to www.countrycounters.com.  There one can check off the TCC destinations to which one has traveled and store them in a password-protected list.)

Since 2000 I have been fortunate to have been able to travel for about half of each year.  This touring has included an average of six cruises annually.  In fact, it was my extensive international travel experience which was instrumental in leading me to undertake this project. 

The idea for a Pitcairn/Bounty institution and monument list compilation arose over dinner with Herb and Anita Ford in St. Helena, CA in September 2003.  It suddenly dawned on me that evening that, as a frequent international leisure traveler with a strong interest in Pitcairn and the Bounty saga, I had been frustrated on more than one occasion to have discovered only after the fact that there had been relevant artifacts in or near a distant city that I had visited.  It was then that I realized that I ought to create a list of relevant institutions and monuments which could not only guide me in my own future travels but could also benefit other travelers with a similar interest.

While I began doing online research for this project in mid-2004 and visited the Pitcairn Islands Study Center in Angwin, CA for additional, very fruitful research in June 2005, I wound up getting sidetracked for a very long time.  After taking a cruise to Tristan da Cunha in January 2004, I was inspired to write a 46-page
monograph entitled A Diary of the Final Cruise of the RMS St. Helena to Tristan da Cunha January 15-28, 2004.  My diary, which included 50 illustrations and photos, was published in April 2004 by the St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Philatelic Society (SHATPS).  That in turn led to my serving as vice-president and then as president of SHATPS.  During the same period I was vice-president and then later president of the Pitcairn Islands Study Group.

I would be embarrassed to admit how many times my heavy research documents traveled in a carry-on bag on my trans-Atlantic flights back and forth between Cairo and the U. S. over the years.  Suffice it to say that, with all of my travel and my society responsibilities and work duties, I have not found sufficient time to complete my compilation of Pitcairn and Bounty-related institutions and monuments.  Therefore I consider this publication to be only a preview version.   

Due to my wish to share the information I have gathered to date with attendees at the Bounty-Pitcairn Conference 2012 to be held in Angwin, California August 19-21, 2012, I am submitting my compilation for publication “as is” even though a number of  items remain to be both verified and enlarged upon.  For instance, while I may mention that a major institution contains a certain item, it may also be the case that that same institution contains additional relevant items which are not listed here. 

I am confident that more research will yield additional results.  In fact, it is my hope that the distribution of this monograph will encourage readers to send corrections, suggestions and information on other relevant institutions and monuments.  Readers are invited to email me at
tedcookson@gmail.com (backup email tedpcookson@hotmail.com) or to send suggestions by postal mail to:

Ted Cookson
3501 Keyser Avenue, Villa 38
Hollywood, FL 33021-2402

I plan to publish a more complete version in due course, and I promise that those who contribute to it will receive a complimentary copy of the updated CD.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge here the valuable contributions made by the following individuals:  Caroline Alexander; Dr. Jere Bacharach; Keith Evans; Herbert Ford; Frank and Joan Foxwell; Dr. Peter Gesner,
Pandora Project Director/Senior Curator (Cultures & Histories), Museum of Tropical Queensland; Julius N. Grigore, Jr., USN (Retired); Barbara Kuchau; Bruce Kumbera; Donald Maxton; Dr. Everett Parker; Pauline Reynolds; Andrew Sergeant, Reference Librarian, Information Services, National Library of Australia; Barbara Stein; David Townsend; Inara Walden, Curator, Museum of Sydney; and Keith Williams.

Ted Cookson
Hollywood, Florida

August 9, 2012





It will be obvious that this is not a coffee table-type book as this preview edition is not stuffed full of images.  However, links have been provided to a good number of photos.  Just click to view those and much reference and other information.  All websites listed were accessed between July 28, 2012 and August 9, 2012.   

This monograph does not make mention of artifacts which are in private hands.  Generally items are only included here if they are held by institutions which are open to the public.  Having said that, in many cases access may be restricted to researchers and/or to those who have made arrangements in advance.  So it is up to those intending to visit to “call ahead” -- whether by telephone, email or snail mail -- to ascertain the conditions of access.

The author would appreciate being advised of other, open-to-the-public Pitcairn and Bounty-related monuments and artifacts not included in this monograph.  Please notify him via email at tedcookson@gmail.com (backup email tedpcookson@hotmail.com) or by postal mail at Ted Cookson, 3501 Keyser Avenue, Villa 38, Hollywood, FL 33021-2402.



Nine Categories of Institutions/Monuments:

ARC = Archive

CHU = Church

GAR = Garden
HOU = House
LIB = Library

MON = Monument
MON – CEM = Monument in a cemetery

MUS = Museum

SHI = Ship







National Library of Australia
Parkes Place, Parkes, ACT 2600, Australia
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The National Library of Australia holds in its manuscripts collection the notebook used by Bligh on the voyage to Timor in the Bounty's launch. Included with the original notebook are microfilm, photographs and transcript copies. Also in the collection is the manuscript, "Instructions to David Nelson appointed to proceed with Lieutenant Bligh on the ship Bounty to the Society Islands for the purpose of collecting bread-fruit trees, 1787." Similarly, there is an 1874 letter from Charles Darwin to Lady Denison asking for information about the fertility of the Pitcairn Islanders after their transfer to Norfolk Island.

Although the Bounty's original logbook is not held in this institution, a microfilm copy is kept in the newspaper/microform reading room. There is also a photocopy of a letter written by John Adams, son of the Bounty mutineer, from Pitcairn Island, dated 1852. The original of this document is in private hands.

A print of the Robert Dodd painting of the mutineers setting the launch adrift and a pen & wash drawing by Charles Benazech of Bligh being welcomed in Timor are among the holdings in the National Library of Australia’s pictures collection. The library also holds a pencil drawing of a Pitcairn Islander done in about 1825 by Captain William Beechey of H. M. S. Blossom. 

The Library’s collection includes a portrait of Rear Admiral William Bligh which is a watercolor on ivory painted by Alexander Huey. The size of the work is 11.5 cm x 8.4 cm. Bligh is shown in the uniform of a flag officer wearing his Captain's Naval Gold Medal which he received for the Battle of Camperdown. This miniature was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1814.

National Portrait Gallery

King Edward Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2600, Australia 

The National Portrait Gallery, which opened in Canberra in 1999, contains Robert Dodd’s 1791 print entitled,
The Mutineers turning Lieutenant Bligh and part of the officers and crew adrift from His Majesty’s Ship the Bounty 1790.




Old Government House
Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW, Australia
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Situated in a 200-acre park in the historic Sydney suburb of Parramatta, Old Government House is Australia's oldest public building. It served as the country house of the first ten governors of New South Wales, including William Bligh, who was the fourth governor resident. The building's core unit was constructed in 1799 and extensions were added by Macquarie in 1815.  As no original furniture or other artifacts remain in the house from Bligh or from any other early colonial governor, the major rooms have been furnished in period pieces owned by the National Trust of Australia. There is regular and frequent river cat (ferry) service between downtown Sydney and Parramatta.


Australian Museum

6 College Street, East Sydney, NSW 2010, Australia

The oldest museum in the country, the Australian Museum, founded in 1857, received most of the avian and other vertebrate primary type specimens from the Macleay Museum in Sydney on a permanent loan basis in1969. Among these specimens are two birds from Henderson Island collected by A. E. Stephen in 1907:  PtiIopus insularis North and Calliptilus stepheni North.

In addition, the Museum contains a specimen of Ammodytoides leptus, a species of sand lance from Pitcairn Island.


Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street, Darling Harbor, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Email:  info@anmm.gov.au


This federally-funded museum at Darling Harbor contains a range of items related to William Bligh and the Bounty.  These include Bligh’s antique intaglio bloodstone ring which was given by his daughter, Frances Bligh, to landowner George Suttor sometime about 1840 in appreciation for his support during the so-called Rum Rebellion.  


Museum of Sydney
Corner Phillip and Bridge Streets, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

The Museum of Sydney was built over the ruins of First Government House, which was occupied 1788-1846 by the first nine governors of New South Wales, including William Bligh. The outline of the old building is marked by inlaid stones. Excavations revealed covered drains dating to the late 1790s and brick barrel drains dating to roughly 1811 and 1828. Sections of these drains were left exposed under cover as part of the Museum of Sydney. No artifacts were found on the site that relate directly to Bligh nor to his period of governorship from 1806 to 1808. However, this is the building in which Bligh spent nearly a year under house arrest following the so-called “Rum Rebellion.”  Incidentally, the Museum also contains an assortment of items of period material culture relevant to the place.



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