WALTER BRODIE

            Though for the most part, the Hall of Fame provides general biographical facts on its subjects, this particular entrant does not have much information outside of his involvement with Pitcairn Island.  Hence this will be a short entry, although Walter Brodie's contribution to Pitcairn Island is considerable, since he preserved a lot of information on Pitcairn Island prior to the departure to Norfolk Island.

             On March 24th, 1850, the bark Noble visited Pitcairn.  Four of its passengers spent the night ashore, but the following morning, the Noble, due to adverse weather, had departed.  Despite the fact that the four men were marooned on Pitcairn, they were not idle.  One of them, Walter Brodie, who was originally heading for the California Gold Rush, used his time researching the island.  He made many friends amongst the Pitcairners, and from them he learned much.  Also, of all the visitors, he explored the island the most.  On April 11th, he and one of the other marooned passengers, Mr. Carleton, got passage on the bark Colonist, which took him to California.

            The following year, Brodie released a book, entitled “Pitcairn Island and the Islanders in 1850.”  Within, it contained a detailed diary of every day Brodie had spent on Pitcairn as well as information on the history, culture, politics, and much other information.  He also kept in contact with people on the island, and sent them many copies of his book so that they could use it for barter on the ships.  It has since been reprinted, one of the latest in 2007.  The National Library of Australia has materials relating to his sojourn on Pitcairn as well as some information on his time in California.  Sadly, that is all that is currently known of this man.  Hopefully in future more information can be found and this entry expanded on.

            For this article I used my copy of Brodie's book, as well as information given to me by the late Professor Mitch Bunkin.