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Slaughter Bay Beach, Kingston, Norfolk Island | by Black Diamond Images
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Slaughter Bay Beach, Kingston, Norfolk Island

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The name Slaughter in this case apparently came from the Anglo-Saxon words "slough" meaning wet land and "slohtre" a muddy place or from the name of their Norman landowners – the d’Schlotre family. In my research I saw that an extrapolation of "slohtre" may have led to "slow moving steam" as an alternative meaning. The Cotswold villages of Lower and Upper Slaughter in Goucestershire have a slow moving stream, The River Eye, passing through them.

I don't think anything necessarily horrific happened here to generate that name despite Norfolk Island's acknowledged harsh Penal Colony origins. The HMS Sirius was wrecked on the reef just outside Slaughter Bay in 1790 but without loss of life.

The area of Slaughter Bay was quarried under the water for limestone which was used in Buildings around Kingston and in particular St Barnabas Church.

Today it is an idyllic and safe snorkelling location.

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Uploaded on July 9, 2013