World Heritage book

This lavish 264 page colour book is a celebration of World Heritage Lord Howe Island. Sponsorship of the book came following a visit to the Island by Michael Looker, Director of the Nature Conservancy (Australia), who felt that it is important to promote Lord Howe Island as an example of world’s best practice environmental management by the Lord Howe Island Board and the New South Wales government.

Front verandah

In 2013 the Museum carried out a major extension to the front verandah. This has provided an attractive setting for residents and visitors to enjoy the Museum facility, and also the cafe and internet services. This project cost the Museum considerable funds but it could not have been completed without the extraordinary generosity of many volunteers.


This project enabled the purchase of scanner and software to digitise the collection, and a research assistant to carry out scanning of around 3,500 images. It is envisaged the collection will grow, with donations and acquisitions.

Introduced Animals

This display was designed to show how introduced animals were part of the way of life for previous generations, the impacts those animals had, the benefits since cats, pigs and goats were removed in the 1980s, and to prompt consideration of what might be done about rodents.

Original NSW 1790 map

This map provides a valuable addition to the museum collection and forms an integral part of the displays in the James Dorman Historical gallery. The donation was made by Dick and Pip Smith, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Dick’s first climb of Ball’s Pyramid in 1964, and included a custom-made frame.

1789 map

Lord Howe Island was discovered on 17th February 1788, by the First Fleet ship Supply.

One of the earliest maps made of the Island is a 1789 map by John Stockdale, England.

Mr Bradley Trevor Greives kindly sponsored the purchase and framing of this map in 2005.


Peter van Dijk, managing director of Galexia, an internationally recognised new-technology systems consulting firm, installed free of charge a remarkably sophisticated computer system, enabling the Museum to upgrade the entire digital services it can offer.

Cataloguing publications

The Lord Howe Island Museum holds a large library collection of books, magazines, journals, films and articles related to the cultural and natural history of the Island.

This Lord Howe Island Board community grant enabled the appointment of a part time researcher to be employed to organise and catalogue these items.