Wanted: part-time jailers for an island paradise that once was a colonial prison

Norfolk Island was once considered the worst place of punishment in the English-speaking world, a hellhole so brutal that prisoners cried with grief in saving the death penalty.

Nowadays, this small paradise in the Pacific Ocean is home to about 1,750 residents who rely mainly on tourism, but the police still have to lock the foreign criminal.

The Australian territory advertises a prison guard / correctional officer & # 39; who oversees the occasional residents of the two Norfolk cells at the island's police station.

Described as an 'exciting and long-lasting'. possibility, the role does not require previous experience with deprivation of liberty and training is available in the workplace.

The cells function as a nocturnal lock-up for juvenile delinquents, a periodical detention center and a short-term prison.

The remains of the prison on Norfolk Island, which was once considered the worst penal institution in the British Empire. Some prisoners preferred death over the cruel daily regime

The remains of the prison on Norfolk Island, which was once considered the worst penal institution in the British Empire. Some prisoners preferred death over the cruel daily regime

One of the two modern cells at the Norfolk Island police station. Gaolers want to help in the functioning of the cells and the detention area, including the supervision of prisoners of short duration

One of the two modern cells at the Norfolk Island police station. Gaolers want to help in the functioning of the cells and the detention area, including the supervision of prisoners of short duration

One of the two modern cells at the Norfolk Island police station. Gaolers want to help in the functioning of the cells and the detention area, including the supervision of prisoners of short duration

Norfolk Island is located approximately 1,400 km east of the Australian mainland and is heavily dependent on tourism

Norfolk Island is located approximately 1,400 km east of the Australian mainland and is heavily dependent on tourism

Norfolk Island is located approximately 1,400 km east of the Australian mainland and is heavily dependent on tourism

Norfolk Island has little violent crime but committed two murders this century. Here Glenn McNeill is transported to the Kingston courthouse during the killing of Janelle Patton in 2002

Norfolk Island has little violent crime but committed two murders this century. Here Glenn McNeill is transported to the Kingston courthouse during the killing of Janelle Patton in 2002

Norfolk Island has little violent crime but committed two murders this century. Here Glenn McNeill is transported to the Kingston courthouse during the killing of Janelle Patton in 2002

The position of the Gaoler / Correctional Officer is to assist the Norfolk Island Police in the operation of the police station and detention area, including the supervision and care of persons who have time in custody at the Norfolk Island Police Station, & # 39; is in the announcement.

& # 39; You participate in an informal presence service and must be available to work as needed.

& # 39; The hours will be determined by the officer who is in charge at that time and this can be at any time, day or night, including public holidays. & # 39;

The job requires applicants who have values ​​such as "accountability, trust, respect, integrity and commitment & # 39; None of them, except for involvement, would have been necessary in the distant past.

The second white settlement on Norfolk (1825-1855) was a penal colony with a disciplinary regime that was considered the worst in the British empire.

Norfolk, which had been a penal colony from 1788 to 1814, was again occupied as a place of secondary punishment for the worst description of convicts & # 39; to send.

New South Wales Governor Thomas Brisbane said: "The criminal sent there is forever excluded from all hope of return."

His successor, Ralph Darling, decreed that "every man had to be worked in irons & # 39; and Norfolk would be "a place of the utmost penalty over death"; must be.

Convicts were starved, tortured and flogged by corrupt overseers.

Norfolk Island served as a penal colony from 1788 to 1814 and then from 1825 to 1855. The second penal colony was considered the worst in the British empire. Pictured is the cemetery

Norfolk Island served as a penal colony from 1788 to 1814 and then from 1825 to 1855. The second penal colony was considered the worst in the British empire. Pictured is the cemetery

Norfolk Island served as a penal colony from 1788 to 1814 and then from 1825 to 1855. The second penal colony was considered the worst in the British empire. Pictured is the cemetery

Norfolk Island prisoners spared hanging after a 1834 uprising would have wept in grief, while 13 convicts fell to their knees thanks to God when they were sentenced to death

Norfolk Island prisoners spared hanging after a 1834 uprising would have wept in grief, while 13 convicts fell to their knees thanks to God when they were sentenced to death

Norfolk Island prisoners spared hanging after a 1834 uprising would have wept in grief, while 13 convicts fell to their knees thanks to God when they were sentenced to death

The prison of Norfolk Island had five wings radiating from a central building to form a pentagon. Each wing contains rows of cells with stone floor, usually 1.8 meters long and 1.5 meters wide

The prison of Norfolk Island had five wings radiating from a central building to form a pentagon. Each wing contains rows of cells with stone floor, usually 1.8 meters long and 1.5 meters wide

The prison of Norfolk Island had five wings radiating from a central building to form a pentagon. Each wing contains rows of cells with stone floor, usually 1.8 meters long and 1.5 meters wide

Preserved prisoners after an uprising of 1834 allegedly wept over their fate, while 13 convicts fell to their knees thanks to God when they were sentenced to death.

The cells in Norfolk's modern police station are clean, safe and large, in contrast to what is now known as the New Gaol, built between 1838 and 1847 near Slaughter Bay.

The New Gaol had five stone wings that radiated from a central building and formed a pentagon.

Each wing contains rows of cells with stone floor, usually 1.8 meters long and 1.5 meters wide with a ceiling of 3.3 meters. A maximum of three prisoners shared a cell.

Isolation in an underground & # 39; dumb cell & # 39; was compared with living burial.

On a good day, a convict would receive 680 grams of maize flour, 454 grams of salt meat, 907 grams of sweet potato, 284 grams of sugar, 14 grams of salt and a lemon.

As a penal colony, Norfolk housed convicts who had traveled again on the mainland; now the island has an agreement with NSW to confine its convicted criminals.

Although the island has a low crime rate, the cells in recent years have had two men with murder cases in their home, in one case much longer than intended.

Historical stone buildings from the penal colonial era in the capital of Norfolk Island, Kingston

Historical stone buildings from the penal colonial era in the capital of Norfolk Island, Kingston

Historical stone buildings from the penal colonial era in the capital of Norfolk Island, Kingston

An aerial view of Norfolk Island with Kingston and the lush surrounding farmland

An aerial view of Norfolk Island with Kingston and the lush surrounding farmland

An aerial view of Norfolk Island with Kingston and the lush surrounding farmland

Leith Maclean Buffett, 25, killed his 60-year-old father Ivens & # 39; Toon & # 39; Buffett, a member of the former Legislative Assembly of Norfolk, in his office in July 2004.

He was held in one of the cells for weeks before legislation could be passed in New South Wales and on Norfolk to enable his transfer to the Long Bay Prison Hospital in Sydney.

Conditions in custody could have been much worse for Buffett. Provisions according to the then criminal law of the island – an almost original version of the NSW Crimes Act 1900 – include the keeping of prisoners in footcuffs and flogging.

Buffett was declared mentally unfit and incompetent to stand trial.

Two years later, Glenn McNeill (28) was detained in the cells after being expelled by New Zealand during the murder of 29-year-old Janelle Patton in 2002.

McNeill, who eventually spent at least 18 years in prison, was transferred to the Metropolitan Remand and shelter in Silverwater in Sydney with the help of the legislation adopted for the Buffett case.

[Ivens Buffett had been the first Norfolk-born resident to voluntarily present himself to police when the island’s adult population was fingerprinted in the hunt for Ms Patton’s killer].

The New Zealand chef Glenn McNeill, who was pictured at the Norfolk Island courthouse in 2006, was convicted of the first murder of the island since the 19th century

The New Zealand chef Glenn McNeill, who was pictured at the Norfolk Island courthouse in 2006, was convicted of the first murder of the island since the 19th century

The New Zealand chef Glenn McNeill, who was pictured at the Norfolk Island courthouse in 2006, was convicted of the first murder of the island since the 19th century

Glenn McNeill was convicted of killing Janelle Patton (photo) in 2002 and jailed for 18 years

Glenn McNeill was convicted of killing Janelle Patton (photo) in 2002 and jailed for 18 years

Glenn McNeill (photo) was convicted of killing Janelle Patton in 2002 and jailed for 18 years

Glenn McNeill (photo) was convicted of killing Janelle Patton in 2002 and jailed for 18 years

Glenn McNeill, right, was convicted of killing Janelle Patton (left) and jailed for 18 years

Since the murder of mrs. Patton was the first on the island since the end of the 19th century, it is unlikely that the successful candidate for the advertised job of the jailer would ever have to deal with murderers.

The reception of the Island Police Station is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00 and on Saturday from 8:00 to 12:00. A courtesy phone at the front door connects outside with the duty officer on duty for hours.

The Norfolk Island Police Force (NIPF) consists of five Australian federal police officers with two years of rotation, a local special agent and a person in administrative support.

They carry out day-to-day patrols of the territory, with the emphasis on ensuring road safety, as well as investigating crime and searching for people lost on the island or at sea.

The most recent serious crime reported on the NIPF Facebook page was the alleged theft of a large amount of alcohol from a cargo ship arriving on the island on September 28 last year.

The stolen appetite includes 272 cans of Speight & # 39; s Gold Medal Ale, a box of Bundaberg rum and cola cans, 31 bottles of McGuigan Black Label red wine and a liter of Baileys Original Irish Cream Liqueur.

On a good day, a convict on Norfolk Island received 680 grams of cornmeal, 454 grams of salt meat, 907 grams of sweet potato, 284 grams of sugar, 14 grams of salt and a lemon

On a good day, a convict on Norfolk Island received 680 grams of cornmeal, 454 grams of salt meat, 907 grams of sweet potato, 284 grams of sugar, 14 grams of salt and a lemon

On a good day, a convict on Norfolk Island received 680 grams of cornmeal, 454 grams of salt meat, 907 grams of sweet potato, 284 grams of sugar, 14 grams of salt and a lemon

Serious crime is rare; islanders leave their houses routinely unlocked and leave the keys in their parked cars.

Future prison guards, who & # 39; reasonably physically fit & # 39; must be and have no criminal history, must still be ready for every possible case.

This role requires someone who is willing to take on the excitement that is different each day and who can also show initiative when necessary, "the ad says.

& # 39; You should be able to identify, monitor, prepare, and record prisoner behavior, movements, risks of escape and health issues, alone or in collaboration with police or other jailers. & # 39;

In the unlikely event that a prisoner manages to escape, Norfolk Island covers just 35 square kilometers and sits 1,412 km east of Evans Head on the northern rivers of NSW.

About half of the population of the area is descended from the British sailors who mutinied on the Bounty and 1789 and hid their Tahitian women on Pitcairn Island before settling in Norfolk in 1856.

The ad says that previous recent experience as a correctional officer, jailer or police guardhouse officer would be an advantage, but training will be given.

A contract is available until June 20 next year with the possibility of renewals and the closing date for applications is 18 January. A casual level 1 staff member earns $ 26.48 per hour.

Bystanders are trying to catch a glimpse of Glenn McNeill as he appears in the Kingston Courthouse on Norfolk Island in February 2006 after being accused of killing Janelle Patton in 2002

Bystanders are trying to catch a glimpse of Glenn McNeill as he appears in the Kingston Courthouse on Norfolk Island in February 2006 after being accused of killing Janelle Patton in 2002

Bystanders are trying to catch a glimpse of Glenn McNeill as he appears in the Kingston Courthouse on Norfolk Island in February 2006 after being accused of killing Janelle Patton in 2002

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