kingston common reserve



Kingston Common Reserve is in the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area on the south coast. 


The reserve occupies 29.6 hectares of land


Underneath parts of the reserve there is a layer of peat which is the fossilised remains of a swamp that was there about 6,000 years ago.  There are lots of fossilised pine trees, pine branches and other plant material in that layer.  In the First Settlement, the swamp that covered most of what is now called Kingston Common was drained and the plant communities were cleared.  The coastline contains large amounts of calcarenite and limestone.  The sand on the beach is coral sand, containing mainly broken shell and corals.

Why is it important for conservation?

The Kingston Common Reserve contains remnants of First Settlement buildings and significant structures and ruins from the Second Settlement.  It includes all the significant parts of Kingston from the Second Settlement.  Most of Slaughter Bay Beach is in the reserve.  It is one of Norfolk Island’s most important historic areas.

Building the channel that drains Watermill Creek and Town Creek into Emily Bay was commenced in 1789 and is the oldest remaining example of that type of work in Australasia.

The wetland that has developed on the lower parts of the Common is an important habitat which is rare on the island.

Best Bits

  1.     Visit the museums to learn more about the island’s history

  2.     Investigate the ruins of the Second Settlement buildings

  3.     Swim at Slaughter Bay or picnic at many of the tables

  4.     Try to identify the different wading birds found on the reef and Common

  5.     Watch the ship being unloaded on the Second Settlement pier

  6.     Watch the cattle grazing on the Common



Said es

Taun Kohman Riserw es iin KAVHA (Kingstan en Aatha’s Viel Histohrik Iehriya) orn daa sauth koes. 


Dieh reserw tek ap 29.6 hekteyas o’ laen.


Anda sam o’daa reserw gat wan liehya o’ piit wathen es daa fohsilaist remiens o’wan swohmp bin deya baut 6,000 yias agoe.  Gat plenti fohsilaist pain trii, pains lem ena tada plaant matiiriyal iin daa liehya.  Iin daa Fas Setelment, daa swohmp wathen kawa mus orl o’daa wi nau korl daa Taun Kohman drien et en cleya wieh dem plaant kohmyuunitis.  Daa koeslain gat plenti kaelkaerenait ena laimstoen.  Dem sehn orna biich es kohral sehn, gat iin plenti breken shaal ena kohral.

Fut es importantan fe kohnsawiehshan?

Daa Taun Kohman Riserw gata remnants o’dem Fas Setelment bilden en signifikant strakchas ena ruuens fram aa Sekan Setelment.  Bin yuusa inkluud orl dem signifikant piis o’ Taun fram aa Sekan Setelment.  Mus orl o’ Slorta Bieh Biich es iin daa reserw.  Dii es wan o’ Norfuk Ailen’s moes important historik said.

Dem bild daa chaenel dhaet yuusa drien Wortamel Kriik en aa Taun Kriik iintu Emili Bieh begen iin 1789 en es daa  oeles remienen eksaempl o’daa kaina  werk iin Ohstrielya.

Daa wetlaen dhaet bin develap orn dem loewa piis o’daa Kohman es wun important haebitaet wathen es reya orna ailen.

Bass Piis

  1.     Korl gen dem myuusiiam fe lern mor baut dieh aliens histri.

  2.     Investigiet dem ruuens o’dem Sekan Setelment bilden.

  3.     Naarwi aet Slorta Bieh ‘Slaughter Bay’ ala piknik orn wan dem tiebl.

  4.     Trai fe aidentifai dem defrent wiehden berd yu fain orn dar riif ena Kohmoa

  5.     Wohch daa shep anloeden orn daa Sekan Setelment peya

  6.     Wohch dem kaetl gries orna Kohman.