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Merval Hoare
New Zealand
Died 2001
Lismore, New South Wales
Nationality New Zealand
Occupation poet, writer and historian
Notable work
Norfolk Island: An Outline of Its History 1774-1987

Merval Hoare was a New Zealand born poet, writer, and historian. She was a resident in Norfolk Island and wrote about its history.


Merval Hoare was born in New Zealand, and moved to Norfolk Island in 1949. She lived for many years in Norfolk Island. She wrote her book, Norfolk Island An Outline of Its History, 1774 - 1968, which was published by the University of Queensland Press in 1969. The book has 5 editions, most recent being published in 1998. She lived in Norfolk Island for over 50 years. Her book provided a lot of information about Norfolk Island in the 20th century. The Norfolk Island Museum described the book as authoritative account and definite work, a result of her deep interest in the Island and its history. She believed that the relations between Australia and Norfolk Island will become stronger over time. She said that some crime was covered up in Norfolk Island, and that it was probably due to the Islanders not wanting to harm tourism and ruin their reputation as the "safest place on earth."


Merval Hoare moved from Norfolk Island to Lismore, New South Wales, Australia. She had a daughter Ann. She died in 2001 in Saint Vincents Private Hospital, Lismore. Her daughter Ann still lives in Lismore with her husband.

  • Norfolk Island: An Outline of Its History 1774-1987 (1988)
  • Ramblers' Guide to Norfolk Island (1982)
  • Norfolk Island: An outline of its history 1774-1977 (1978)
  • Nelson Bear and the Yellow Umbrella (1955)
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