Welcome to World Heritage - Norfolk Island.

This website introduces you to some of the information, major activities and events, about the CONVICTS & HERITAGE, and the LIVING HISTORY, of the Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA), in Norfolk Island. 

KAVHA, along with 10 other sites across Australia, was World Heritage Listed in August 2010.  Known as the Australian Convict Sites, they are the best surviving examples of large-scale convict transportation and the colonial expansion of European powers through the presence and labour of convicts.

The sites have outstanding global significance because:

  • The convict-built buildings illustrate a significant stage in human history (specifically the forced migration of convicts); and
  • They represent an event of outstanding universal significance (specifically the colonial expansion of European powers and the building of a new nation, Australia).

The sites that make up Australia’s World Heritage listing are:

  • Norfolk Island: Kingston and Arthur’s Vale Historic Area (KAVHA).
  • New South Wales: Old Government House and Domain (Parramatta), Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney), Cockatoo Island Convict Site (Sydney) and Old Great North Road (near Wiseman’s Ferry).
  • Tasmania: Port Arthur Historic Site (Tasman Peninsula), Cascades Female Factory (Hobart), Darlington Probation Station (Maria Island), Coal Mines Historic Site (via Premadeyna) and Brickendon-Woolmers Estates (near Longford).
  • Western Australia: Fremantle Prison.

You can view further information about the sites at the Australian Convict Sites webpage.