Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Will They Kill off Pitcairn Island?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Will They Kill off Pitcairn Island?

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Byline: By Denise Roberston

I feel uneasy about the sex abuse trial now taking place on Pitcairn Island. The island itself seems straight out of a fairy tale. Established by Fletcher Christian and his fellow mutineers from HMS Bounty, chosen because of its remoteness which offered safety from a vengeful British fleet, full of quaint place names like Breadfruit Valley, Oh Dear or Bitey Bitey, it has twice been immortalised on film ( once with Clark Gable as Fletcher Christian and then again with Marlon Brando.

The speed limit on the single track roads is 25mph, but as there's only one real vehicle that doesn't pose a problem.

The language is Pitkern, an amalgam of 18th century English and Tahitian, for the women who were brought to Pitcairn by the mutineers came from the island of Tahiti.

For more than 200 years they have existed, only a handful of them, intermarrying, seldom leaving the island and, by and large, very happy.

A British policewoman who visited the island was appalled by tales of underage sex. …

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