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Welcome to the Lord Howe Island GenWeb Project.  The LHIGenWeb is part of the NSWGenWeb and in turn the AustraliaGenWeb.  It is the local resource index page for Lord Howe Island research.

Lord Howe Island is a small island in the Pacific Ocean 600 km (375 miles) east of Australia. The island is in the state of New South Wales and has a resident population of approximately 350; with visitors limited to 400 individuals at any given time.

Kentia Palm Forest
Lord Howe Island, 2003

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 Marine Park and Lord Howe Island Marine Park (commonwealth waters) protect the waters surrounding the island group.

Lord Howe island is roughly crescent-shaped (about 10km long and 1.5km wide); an eroded remnant of a 6.9 million-year-old shield volcano. The crescent of the island protects a coral reef and lagoon.  Mount Lidgbird (777m) and Mount Gower (875m) dominate the south end of the island.  They are made of basalt rock, remnants of lava flows that once filled a large volcanic caldera. These lava flows occurred 6.4 million years ago, and were the last volcanic events on the island, which has subsequently eroded to what remains today.  Ball's Pyramid is a rocky islet located 16 km (10 mi) south of Lord Howe Island, and also the remnant of an eroded volcano. It is the largest of several volcanic stacks that form islets in the area.

Trivia: Lord Howe's coral reef, at 31S, is the most southerly in the world!
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Early Settlement (1833-1880)  |  The Palm Seed Industry  | Land Tenure  
What's happened since 1788  | Scientific Interest

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Pacific Islands (Geographical Handbook Series) Great Britain: Admiralty, Naval Intelligence Division (1943-1945)
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