Lord Howe Island

Lord howe Island

A friend/colleague of mine (an enthusiastic Entomologist with a big beard and a novel taste in hats) is recently returned from Lord Howe Island.

Lord Howe Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean 600 km (373 mi) east of the Australian mainland. The Lord Howe Island group was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1982 in recognition of its unique beauty and biodiversity. Lord Howe Island was discovered on 17 February 1788 by HMS Supply, commanded by Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, RN, who was on his way from Botany Bay to Norfolk Island with convicts to start a penal settlement there. On his return journey on 13 March 1788 he sent a party ashore on the island. It was uninhabited, and it seems had not been known to any of the Polynesian peoples of the South Pacific. Mount Lidgbird on the island and the nearby Ball’s Pyramid are named after Ball. The island itself was named after Richard Howe, 1st Earl Howe who was First Lord of the Admiralty.

I love this kind of thing.

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2 Responses to Lord Howe Island

  1. Ed says:

    fuck me that’s beautiful and dead spooky at the same time.

    which makes me consider the concepts of beauty and danger, but dinner is calling (well, burning to be precise…)

  2. truce says:


    yeah, isn’t it gorgeous? And mucho eerie, with the whole ‘uninhabited’ vibe.

    Plus, how cool to call a mountain and a pyramid after yourself. 🙂

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