quality row


When was it built?

Quality Row is the street that runs through the settlement of Kingston.  It has all the important buildings on it such as the Old Military Barracks, the Commissariat Store and the New Military Barracks.  It is also where the people who ran the penal settlement lived.


The houses in Quality Row

The first houses built were very basic but later on stone buildings were built. These are the ones that are still there.


The houses in Quality Row are all similar, but some are slightly bigger than others. They have rooms in the front for the family, and rooms at the back for the servants. The servants did the washing and cooking at the back.  There is a courtyard in the middle where the family would sometimes sit outdoors.


Their uses during the Second Settlement

People like the Foreman of the Works, the Protestant Clergyman and the Magistrate lived in the houses. When they came to live on Norfolk Island they sometimes brought with them a few pieces of furniture.  They also had some made while on the island.  Their wives and children came too sometimes but not always.


Some of the very well behaved convicts acted as servants for the military and civilian officials and some of them even slept in the back of the house.


Their uses during the Third Settlement

When Norfolk Island was given to the people from Pitcairn Island some of them lived in the houses in Quality Row.  They lived there without paying rent at first. 

A magistrate decided that they should pay rent, and a dispute started which resulted in some people being turned out of their houses.  Some of the empty houses were then burned.


 Their uses today

Some of the houses are still lived in; one is a museum and another is an interpretive centre.




Wat taim dem bild et?

Kwohleti Roe es daa striit thaet gu thruu Taun en gat orl dem important said orn simes daa Oel Militri Baeraks, daa Kohmisiehriyet Stor en daa Nyuu Militri Baeraks.  Es orlsoe said dem salan huu ran daa piinl setelment yuusa lew.


Dem haus orn Kwohleti Roe

Dem fas haus es uni biesik bat lieta dem bild dem bildings fe stoen.  Dem es dem wan stil deya.


Dem haus iin Kwohleti Roe orl simis wan nada, bat sam es biga wan. Dem gata ruum iin’ frant fe dems faemili, ena ruum aut’baek fe dem serwants. Dem serwants wohsh’klorth en kuk’ wetls aut’baek.  Dem gat wan  kortyaad iina medel said daa faemili el sti autsaid.


Dems yuus iin daa Sekan Setelment

Salan simis daa Forman o’daa Werks, daa Protestnt Klerjiman en daa Maejistriet lew iin dem haus. Wen dem kam lew orn Norfuk samtaim dem el tek lorngfe dem sam piises o’ fernicha.  Dem orlsoe el get sam mek et ya  wail dem orna ailen.  Sam taim dems waif ena letl salan kam lorngfe dem bat nort orlwes.


Sam o’dem Kohnwikt huu duu guud kam es serwants fe daa militari ena siviliyan ohfishols en sam o’dem tau aut’baek o’daa haus.


Dems yuus iin daa Therd Setelment

Daa taim dem giw Norfok udu dem salan o’ Pitkern Ailen sam o’dem lew iin dem haus orn Kwhohleti Roe.  Dem fas lewd deya en pieh noe rent.  Wan maejistriet desaid dem gwen haewa pieh de rent, en wan dispyuut begen wathen en ap haewen sam salan hiiw auta dems haus.  Sam o’dem emti haus den ban et.

Dems yuus desdieh

Salan stil lew iin sam o’ dem haus; wan es wan myuusiiam en naeda wan es interpretiv senta.