Positioning the Pitcairn Islands

A. Asbjørn Jøn


This note both introduces a cluster of articles on the Pitcairn Islands and unpacks the current climate of urgency around recording, and protecting, the distinctive features of Pitcairn Island's language, lore and folklife, due to a rapidly declining population and currently faltering repopulation efforts.


Pitcairn Island; national identity; repopulation

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Amoamo, Maria, 'Pitcairn Island: Heritage of Bounty Descendants', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Amoamo, Maria, Remoteness and Myth Making: Tourism Development on Pitcairn Island', Tourism Planning & Development, 8 (2011), 1-19 doi:10.1080/21568316.2011.554035

Amoamo, Maria, Fieldwork in Remote Communities: An Ethnographic Case Study of Pitcairn Island', in Field Guide to Case Study Research in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure (Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012), pp. 417-38.

Amoamo, Maria, Empire and erasure: a case study of Pitcairn Island', Island Studies Journal, 8 (2013): pp.233-54.

Barrow, J., The Eventful History of the Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S. Bounty: Its Cause and Consequences (London: J. Murray, 1831).

Birkett, Dea, 'Island of Lost Girls', The New York Times, 29 October 2004, section The Opinion Pages, Accessed 12 August 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/29/opinion/island-of-lost-girls.html

Brodie, W., Pitcairn’s Island and the islanders, in 1850 (Whittaker: London, 1851).

Connell, John, 'The End Ever Nigh: Contemporary Population Change on Pitcairn Island', GeoJournal, 16 (1988), 193-200. doi: 10.1007/BF02433014

Erskine, N., The Historical Archaeology of Settlement at Pitcairn Island 1790-1856. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, James Cook University (2004).

Field, Michael, 'Is it lights out for Pitcairn Island?', Stuff.co.nz, 3 August 2014, section World, Accessed 24 September 2016.


Fletcher, Lisa, 'Reading the News: Pitcairn Island at the Beginning of the 21st Century ', Island Studies Journal, 3 (2008), 57-72,


Gibbs, Martin & Roe, David, 'Do you bring your gods with you or do you find them there waiting? Reconsidering the 1790 Polynesian colonisation of Pitcairn Island.', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Jøn, A. Asbjørn, Ward, Philip & Ryan, J.S., 'To Pitcairn and Beyond', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Källgård, Anders, 'A Pitkern word list', Pacific Linguistics. Series A. Occasional Papers, 91 (1998): 107-71.

Källgård, Anders, 'Present-day Pitcairnese', English World-wide, 4.1 (1993), 71–114.

Kirch, Patrick V., 'Polynesia's Mystery Islands', Archaeology, 41 (1988), 26-31, http://www.jstor.org/stable/41730003

Maude, Henry Evans, 'In Search of a Home: From the Mutiny to Pitcairn Island (1789-1790)', The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 67 (1958), 104-31, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20703658

Maude, Henry Evans, Of Islands and Men: Studies in Pacific History, (Oxford University Press: Melbourne, 1968).

Nash, Joshua, 'Is (the possibility of) unemployment a crime?', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Nash, Joshua, 'Inside(r)-outside(r): Toward a sociology and linguistics of space on Pitcairn Island', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Nash, Joshua, 'Naming the Sea', Shima: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 3 (2009). http://www.shimajournal.org/issues/v3n2/k.-Nash-Shima-v3n2-118-131.pdf

Nash, Joshua, 'Professor A.S.C. Ross on Pitcairnese and the Pronunciation of “Pitcairn”, ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews, 29:1 (2016), 32-35, DOI: 10.1080/0895769X.2016.1177709

Parker, Everett L., 'The Women of the Bounty', Australian Folklore, 31 (2016).

Power, Helen, 'Pitcairn Island: Sexual Offending, Cultural Difference and Ignorance of the Law', Criminal Law Review, August (2007), 609-29.

Reynolds, Pauline, 'Tapa Cloths and Beaters: Tradition, Innovation and the Agency of the Bounty Women in Shaping a New Culture on Pitcairn Island from 1790 to 1850', Textile History, 47.2 (2016), 190-207. DOI: 10.1080/00404969.2016.1211435

Ross, Alan S. C. & Moverley, A. W., The Pitcairnese Language (London, Andre Deutsch, 1964).

Shapiro, Harry Lionel, The Heritage of the Bounty: The Story of Pitcairn through Six Generations (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1936).

Solomon, Rob, and Kirsty Burnett, Pitcairn Island Economic Review (Wellington, New Zealand: Solomon Leonard Ltd, 2014).

Tomlinson, Simon. 2015. 'The paradise island where no one wants to live: HMS Bounty mutineers' settlement could die out because of dark legacy of child sex abuse', Daily Mail, 17 February, section Australia, Accessed 14 March 2016. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2956889/The-paradiseisland-no-one-wants-live-remote-British-colony-Pacific-risk-dying-darklegacy-child-sex-abuse.html

Young, Rosalind Amelia, Mutiny of the Bounty and Story of Pitcairn Island 1790-1894 (The Minerva Group, Inc., 2003).

Weisler, M.I., 'Henderson Island Prehistory: Colonization and Extinction on a Remote Polynesian Island', Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 56 (1995), 377-404.


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