Culture and heritage

Maritime heritage

Lord Howe Island

MAP - NSW maritime heritage sites

Lord Howe Island boasts exceptional natural beauty and was added to the World Heritage List in 1982. There are dramatic landforms and unique plants and animals both on land and under the sea. These combine with a fascinating social and maritime history.

Lord Howe Island was discovered by Lieutenant Lidgbird Ball in 1788 while in command of the First Fleet tender HMS Supply. Dangerous reefs and the ever-present hazards of ocean travel have since led to a number of ships being wrecked at the island or in surrounding waters. Shipwrecks reduced with the development of air travel in the form of a flying boat service.

Today the shipwrecks form part of the island's underwater cultural heritage. The sites retain evidence of ship construction, fit out, trade and cargo, and life on board. They form a direct link to the earliest days of the island's history, settlement and development.

Lord Howe Island. Photograph by David Nutley

Lord Howe Island. Photograph by David Nutley

Page last updated: 31 August 2012