Nepean Island, Norfolk Island

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Nepean Island is a small uninhabited island located about 800m south of Norfolk Island in the Southwest Pacific. The island is about 10 hectares in area. The island is uninhabited due to its small size and tall cliffs flanking it, making landfall nearly impossible for small boats. It forms part of the Norfolk Island National Park, along with Norfolk Island and Phillip Island. It is part of the Australian territory of Norfolk Island and is included in the Norfolk Island National Park, as is nearby Phillip Island, and about 10 percent of Norfolk Island proper.HistoryUnlike Norfolk and Phillip Islands, Nepean is not volcanic in origin, but was formed by wind blown from sand dunes between the last two ice ages. The sand grains are cemented together by dissolved limestone from calcareous sand which formed aeolianitic calcarenite. Although Polynesian people were known to have settled around Kingston, no evidence of Polynesian settlement has been found on Nepean Island. The island was first cleared during the First Settlement. Nepean was used as a quarry and for timber during the Second Convict Settlement of Norfolk Island, and was abandoned as a site during that settlement. Remaining stone steps can be seen on the east coast. It is thought the island was named in 1788 by Lieutenant Philip Gidley King for Evan Nepean, Under Secretary of the Home Department of the United Kingdom. However, it may have been named after Captain Nepean, who commanded the colony when King sailed to New Zealand in the Britannia to return two Māoris.
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  • Park up at Point Hunter for a good view. It is about 1km south of the mainland and it is where the convicts were forced to row out to, in leg irons, and quarry stone from this small island during the ...  more »
  • Everyone thinks of Phillip Island off the island of Norfolk, but Nepean is just as much part of Norfolk Island. Wonderful views of these two islands and the pounding surf which usually surrounds them....  more »
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  • It was so amazing. Go Nepean!!!!

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