MR MARSTERS AND HIS 3 WIVES
21 July 2010 | 150 Miles from Palmerston Atoll
Just in front of me is tiny atoll called Palmerston Atoll. You might inquire as to this anglosaxon sounding name in the middle of the S Pacific. Well, let me quote from one of the only accounts I could find about this island:
"The island's inhabitants have a unique history. They are descendants of a patriarchal figure, William Marsters, a Lancashireman who settled here with three Panrhyn Island wives in 1862. He fathered 26 children, divided the islands and reefs into sections for each of the three "families" and established strict rules regarding intermarriage." From Charlie's Charts of Polynesia - Charles and Margo Wood
Apparently 50 descendants still live in this very isolated atoll, so much so that they have to wait patiently for a cargo ship to bring supplies to them - 2 times a YEAR! My intent is to stop and meet these families -the story could be quite rich. I expect to arrive early evening, tomorrow, Saturday.