Descriptions and events of Christmas Day on Norfolk island from 1788 to 1793.
George Guest and Mary Bateman arrived on Norfolk Island in 1790.
25 Dec 1788 Philip King wrote: The 25th, being Christmas-day, it was
observed as a holyday. The colours were hoisted at sun-rise: I performed
divine service; the officers dined with me, and I gave each of the
convicts half a pint of rum, and double allowance of beef, to celebrate
the festival: the evening concluded with bonfires, which consisted of
large piles of wood, that had been previously collected for the
25 Dec 1789 Philip King wrote: Moderate breezes & pleasant Wr at
Sunrise hoisted ye Colours in observance of Christmas Day. at 10 AM
performed Divine Service killed 2 Hogs belonging to the Crown Wt 180 lb
& issued them 1 lb & ½ to each person & as our Crop of Wheat
has been a good one gave Them 2 lb of Flour each Man & one pound to
the Women —
25 Dec 1790: Ralph Clark wrote: Fine weather but blows fresh from the
Southward and a great Sea Rolling into the Bay which will make a great
Surf on the Reef on which there is a great dele at present — this being
Christmas day I wish a merry merry Christmas to all the world — the most
poorest person in England will be better off this day than any of use
here for the[y] will be able to get Small bier with their dinner to
drink if nothing better and there is not any of use will have anything
better but cool water this will be a dry Christmas — doe good Gorgon
come and take use away from this place.
Philip King does not mention Christmas Day 1791 in his journal.
25 Dec 1792 Philip King wrote: Was observed as a Holyday and divine
Service preformed. The good things that were purchased from the Philadelphia enabled everyone to pass this Festival, which much Conviviality and regular behaviour.
25 Dec 1793 Philip King wrote: Devine Service was preformed and kept as a Holyday.
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