Scenery
Cool fact…
Although Brown Glacier on the north coast of Heard Island is devoid of life (due in part to cold temperatures and high winds - gusts up to 220 kilometres per hour) new land is made available for colonisation by vegetation and animals as the glacier retreats (it retreated about 50 metes between 2000/01 and 2003/04).

History

Trypots at Try Pot Beach
Trypots at Try Pot Beach (Photo: E Woehler)

Human activities at Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) have a relatively short but diverse history.

Wild and isolated Heard Island currently has no resident population but this has not always been the case.

The pages in this history section discuss the discovery of the islands, give a summary of subsequent human activities, including 19th century sealing, research expeditions, and private expeditions, and talk about the cultural heritage items relating to those early activities.

This page was last modified on 28 February 2005.