Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island

Heritage Management Plan

Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area

KAVHA, Norfolk Island

Kingston & Arthur's Vale Historic Area (KAVHA), Norfolk Island, is one of the 11 places that make up the Australian Convict Sites property, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2010. Together these sites represent the global phenomenon of convictism - the forced migration of convicts to penal colonies in the 18th and 19th centuries - and global developments in the punishment of crime in modern times.

These 11 sites are the preeminent examples of Australia’s rich convict history, with more than 3,000 convict sites remaining across the nation. The heritage values of Norfolk Island and the KAVHA site relate to its early Polynesian settlement, two convict period settlements and the Pitcairn settlement from 1856, with the convict era values the primary reason for its NHL and then WHL listing.

The task for the collaborative team comprising Context, GML Heritage and Jean Rice Architect was to prepare a strategic, forward-looking heritage management plan to meet the requirements of Australia’s EPBC Act.

The Heritage Management Plan is based on strong guiding principles, a clear vision and a high level of respect for community-held values. There has been extensive community engagement, with Context leading on this aspect as well as on principles and policies that address community connections, intangible heritage and the place as a living landscape.