Story: Kermadec Islands

Hoisting the flag at the Bell settlement, 1887 (1st of 3)

Hoisting the flag at the Bell settlement, 1887

The flag is hoisted at the Bell family settlement on the north side of Raoul Island on 17 August 1887, the day that New Zealand annexed the Kermadecs. Although Thomas Bell and his family were the island’s only occupants at the time, they were given title to only a small area of land. More settlers arrived in 1889 but soon departed, leaving only the Bell family on the island.

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Simon Nathan, 'Kermadec Islands - Human impact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan