Macquarie Island

The history of Macquarie Island by 3W

1810-06-18 00:00:00

Voyage of the Perseverance

The ship Perseverance lands at Macquarie Island. Seals were abundant.

1815-10-31 00:00:00


There were many earthquakes and the earth sounded like distant thunder shaking the ground. This had been preceded by a cloudy atmosphere for several days. During the course of this neither moon or stars had been seen and total disappearance of the island was predicted from the people on Macquarie Island.

1820-07-01 00:00:00

Gangs on the Island

There were many gangs on the island and the ships weren't returning so they were starting to eat wildlife on the island .

1820-11-28 00:00:00

Vostok and Mirnyi

Visited Macquarie Island and found alot of sea animals, penguins and sea birds who all flew in great numbers.

1890-02-01 00:00:00

Pests taking over

Rabbits are a good source of food for us. Cats are killing the birds and rats are eating eggs. Sea elephants are becoming hard to find.

1891-02-01 00:00:00

Sealing Ban

Tasmanian Government bans sealing for three years.The people ate flippers of elephant seals and penguins for oil

1901-02-24 03:32:29

The Ship Discovery

Captain Robert Falcon Scott of The British National Antarctic Expedition visited Macquarie Island.

1907-02-01 00:00:00

Ernest Shackleton visits Macquarie Island

As part of the British Antarctic Expedition on board the ship The Nimrod, Ernest Shackleton visits Macquarie Island.

1911-02-01 00:00:00

Visit from Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson, Australian geologist and explorer, went to Maquarie Island on the Australian Antarctic expedition.

1930-02-01 00:00:00

Douglas Mawson Returns

Douglas Mawson went back to Macquarie Island and commented on the rabbits.As there were so many. He cancelled killing penguins and seals and started killing rabbits.

1978-02-01 00:00:00


The Myxoma virus was released to kill all of the rabbits.

1988-05-05 00:00:00


Last Weka caught. Eradication program for cats continues on the island.

1995-02-08 00:00:00


More and more tourists are arriving but, they have to have their pockets vacuumed of scraps and food before coming ashore.They are taken on tours of the station, and if it is good weather they are taken to see the wildlife on Sandy Bay.

2010-03-01 00:00:00

Rabbit Numbers

The enormous numbers of rabbits have added to the instability as they destroy the vegetation. They are destroying habitats for the nesting birds and also destroying the beautiful landscape of the heritage island .

2010-10-01 00:00:00


They have succeeded with the drop of the baits to kill rabbits, mice and rats but still need to finish the last bit of baiting programme.

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