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What primary sources does the library hold on Pitcairn Island and the Bounty?

Sketch of William Bligh and crew with crowd of people


The Library holds a range of material relating to Pitcairn Island and the Bounty, including: first edition books and other early and scarce editions, correspondence, orders, charts, logs, early magazine/journal accounts etc, in a variety of formats, including manuscript (unpublished), print, typescripts, photocopies, microforms, photographs, pictures, prints, etc.  

They are held in different parts of the Library according to their format. Try searching our online catalogue to find items of interest. Useful searches include:

Note: include quotation marks when searching.

For larger sets of results, you can sort them by date order to bring the oldest items to the top of your list. You can also narrow your results by format, including book, picture, manuscript and map.

Here are a few items of interest to look out for: