The Salt House and Emily Bay

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We drove past Slaughter Bay stopping at the ruins of the Salt House.

The Salt House Salt House ruins

Back in the penal days salt was very valuable because it preserved meat. The only way it could be obtained was by evaporating it from sea water which was harnessed at high tide.

The ruins we were looking at date back to 1846. Earlier salt houses had been washed away or had collapsed over time.

Because Norfolk Island has a humid climate the water cannot evaporate naturally so at this salt house heat from fires was employed to speed up the evaporation process.

There is an information board at the Salt House and here is part of what it says:

"In 1846 the daily ration for convicts was one pound of salt meat, one and a half pounds of maize meal, one ounce of sugar and half an ounce of salt". The diet was very much part of the punishment.

 

View through the ruins Looking through the ruins at the Salt House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Bay is found just past the Salt House. What a beautiful bay it is too with sand on which to walk.

Slaughter Bay Slaughter Bay to one side of the Salt House
Emily Bay just slightly further on from the Salt House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The water at Emily Bay was such a beautiful colour. We had brought our bathers with us to Norfolk Island but sadly it was too cool for us to swim. We could instantly see why this area is popular with tourists and locals alike. There are lots of tall Norfolk Island pine trees for shade and grassy areas for picnicking. The water is home to a variety of fish and to coral as well. It is very safe for swimming.

Government house Government House

 

From there we headed back to Quality Row. I wanted to get a photo of Government House but because I couldn't really enter the grounds, the photo isn't very good.

Once a month the the place is open for public viewing but sadly it was earlier in the month of January so we had missed it. What a pity. It would have been so interesting.

 

 

 

Next page: History and research on Quality Row

 

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