The Kingston & Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA) is listed on the Australian National Estate Register. On 1 August 2007 KAVHA was included on the National Heritage List which is Australia’s highest heritage honour. The legal protection of the site guarantees future generations will be able to appreciate first hand where the lives of many of their forebears began in Australia.


KAVHA has been included in the Australian Convict Sites World Heritage nomination and it has been advised that the nomination will be evaluated in 2009 with a good chance of being formally included on the World Heritage List in 2010.

Relevant legislation to the site includes:

  1.     The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

  2.     The Norfolk Island Heritage Act 2002

  3.     The Norfolk Island Plan 2002.


The conservation team consisted of a Project Manager, eight Artisans, a Cemetery Sexton and three grounds maintenance staff. The site is also supported by a secretary and a museum guide.

The Conservation Management Plan guides the Management Board in its work. Other guiding management plans include:

  1.     Landscape Management Plan

  2.     Maintenance Manual

  3.     Cemetery Management Plan

  4.     Government House and Quality Row Gardens Management Plan

  5.     Water Quality Management Plan

  6.     Maintaining historic structures, landscape works, fencing and Quality Row

  7.     Government House gardens, grounds maintenance, recreational facilities and interpretation.


The KAVHA office in Quality Row