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Gardens #3

Stroll through the shady sub-tropical gardens of the historical Music Valley on Norfolk Island. This property is the 12 acre Land Grant which was given to convict Jacob Bellett upon the completion of his sentence, and is now known as Music Valley. The ruins of a stone cottage are believed to be the remains of the home of Jacob Bellett. This interesting sub-tropical garden completes our tour of gardens on Norfolk Island.

Date(s): June 2008. Album by gladysclancy. Photos by Gladys. 1 - 61 of 61 Total. 2816 Visits.
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Welcome to Music Valley
Take a stroll through the sub tropical garden.

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Music Valley

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Backlit Sub Tropical Garden

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Birds Nest Ferns under shade of Norfolk Island Pine

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Wooden 'Spokes' from Norfolk Island Pine
As the trunk decays, these 'spokes' remain pointing inwards from where the branches were attached.

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Kentia Palms shade the pathway

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Pink Begonias

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Birds Nest Fern and Begonias

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Colourful Flowers

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Pink Begonias

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Bromeliad Flower

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Staghorn Fern

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Dappled Sunlight on Tree Ferns

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Pretty Hibiscus

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Orange Ixora

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Palms

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Silhouette of Traveller's Palm

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Slender Tree Ferns grow very tall

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Orange Hibiscus

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Yellow Hibiscus

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Mauve Flowers

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Colourful Cordyline Foliage

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Mauve Flowers

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Guava

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History of the Property
Jacob Bellett, the second son of John and Susannah Bellett of Shoreditch, London was convicted on 25th December, 1784, of feloniously stealing silk lining and material to the total value of Eight Pounds, the property of Gearing, Vaux and Taylor, Master Weavers of Spitalfields, London. Jacob, a silk weaver by trade, pleaded innocent but was found guilty and sentenced to 7 years transportation. He left England from Portsmouth aboard the Scarborough, a transport ship of the First Fleet. Jacob Bellett was sent to Norfolk Island and, after serving his sentence, received a Grant of Land here in Music Valley on the 13th December 1796.

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History of the Property
Jacob later married Ann Harper who had arrived in Sydney in the Second Fleet aboard the Lady Juliana on 3rd June 1790 and was sent to Norfolk Island aboard the ship Surprise on 7th August 1790. Ann Harper was granted 39 acres adjoining Jacob's land. When the first settlement of Norfolk Island was disbanded, Jacob, Ann and their eight children boarded the fifth embarkation to Tasmania in 1808 and were granted land at Queenborough (Sandy Bay). Jacob died in Hobart on 2nd December 1813, aged 48 years. His headstone has been re-erected in a Memorial Wall in St Davids Park, which was the first cemetery in Hobart.

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Ruins of Stone Cottage
These ruins are beleived to be the remains of the home of Jacob Bellett 1765-1813.

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Stone Wall Ruins

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Norfolk Island Pines in Background

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Pathway into Wilderness

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Driftwood

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Coconuts washed ashore
Coconuts do not grow on Norfolk Island so these have travelled many miles before washing ashore.

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Glass Buoy and Driftwood

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Thong Graveyard

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A Ginger Cat on the Path

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Red Cordylines

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Guava

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Cordylines reaching for the Sky

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Yellow Hibiscus

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Red Leaves

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Lemons

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Little Blue Flowers

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Pothos or Devil's Ivy climbs up the Tree

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Upper part of Pandanus Palm

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Lower part of Pandanus Palm showing Aerial Root System

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Swing Seat under shady Tree

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Parrot high up in the Tree

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Young Norfolk Island Pine
From little things, big things grow...

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Palms beside the muddy Stream

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Wooden Bridge over the Stream

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Garden Boundary
Tall Tree Fern and Palm stand tall with Cordylines in foreground.

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Cordyline Flower and Foliage

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Red Tubular Flowers

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Red Tubular Flowers

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Heliconium

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Delicate Fronds of Dill

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Hibiscus

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Phillip Island Hibiscus
Hibiscus insularis. Flowers are cream to light green coloured when they first open.

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Phillip Island Hibiscus
Hibiscus insularis.  Flowers turn reddish as they age.

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Shoe Collection

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Scenic View towards Cemetery Bay
Leaving Music Valley at the conclusion of Garden Tour.

 
   
 
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