In the former Royal Engineers Office beside the Kingston Pier.

The Royal Engineers Office (R.E.O.), built during the Second Settlement, is the Museum book, souvenir and refreshment shop. It is also the venue for our changing short term displays. Browse through our comprehensive and exclusive range of books on Norfolk Island’s history, or pick up that special and unique souvenir to take home. The R.E.O. is where you meet to join in the Tag-A-Long tours from Monday to Saturday. Museum and Cemetery Tour tickets can all be purchased here.

The R.E.O. is generally the starting point in Kingston.

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Robert Forrester, First Fleeter - $35.00


A tightly-focused, very readable and engrossing biography of Robert Forrester, one of the first convicts who chose to become an Australian. This book illuminates the life events and character of an individual convict who helped to found the modern nation of Australia.

The Commandants: The Tyrants Who Ruled Norfolk Island - $12.00


Britts graphically depicts the impressions made by the succession of brutal Commandants who made the name of Norfolk Island notorious around the world.

Elizabeth Robertson’s Diary, Norfolk Island 1845 - $19.60


Women living on Norfolk Island during the two convict periods remain shadowy figures, however this book of diary extracts reveals daily life as experienced by Elizabeth Robertson, the daughter of the Superintendent of Agriculture at Longridge. A fascinating account.

Convict Maids: The Forced Migration of Women to Australia - $49.50


Convict Maids destroys the myth that the female convicts transported from Britain and Ireland to New South Wales between 1826 and 1840 were mainly prostitutes, professional criminals and the 'sweepings of the gaols'. Deborah Oxley argues that in fact these women helped put the colony on its feet. Oxley shows that the women were generally first offenders, transported for minor offences. They were skilled, literate, young and healthy - qualities exploited by the new colony, which needed them both in the labour market and as wives and mothers.

This is the first major study to analyse the backgrounds of female convicts against the general labour force. The book draws on historical, economic and feminist theory, and is impressive for its extensive and original research.

Crime, Punishment and Redemption: A Convict's Story - $42.00


John Ward, writing whilst incarcerated on Norfolk Island, tells a story of thwarted love that - he claims - led him to a life of crime including theft, sexual assault and more. In telling the candid story of his downfall he exposes his own ruthlessness and lack of empathy. Ward records a particular moment in our history: not only life aboard prison hulks which he describes in detail but also the timing of his arrival in Sydney when convicts were no longer being accepted; he was sent straight to Norfolk Island where we get a fascinating insight into the rule of Captain Alexander Maconochie.

This book is beautifully presented and a fantastic insight into the criminal mind, ably examined by author June Slee.

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land - $48.00


Barnard's book is a rich and compelling accout of the lives of men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements, and suffering make for fascinating reading.

Convict Tattoos: Marked Men and Women of Australia - $42.00


The untold story of convict Australia. More thank 166,00 convicts were transported to Australia. At least thirty-seven percent of men and fifteen percent of women were tattooed when they arrived. And their tattoos were systematically recorded when they disembarked. This book brings to life the stories behind those records and as a result, Barnard reveals an extraordinary slice of Australia's history.