Rosalind Amelia Young

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Rosalind Amelia Young
Born(1853-08-13)August 13, 1853
Pitcairn Islands
DiedFebruary 1, 1924(1924-02-01) (aged 70)
Pitcairn Islands
Notable worksMutiny of the Bounty and Story of Pitcairn Island (1790–1894)
SpouseDavid Nield

Rosalind Amelia Young (13 August 1853 – 1 February 1924) was a historian from Pitcairn Islands.

Early life[edit]

Young was born in 1853 on Pitcairn Island to Simon Young and Mary Buffett Christian. She was also the great-granddaughter of John Adams, one of the mutineers of HMS Bounty.[1]

As a young child she was part of a migration to Norfolk Island but returned in 1864.[1] Her father led the return of several families to the Pitcairn Islands and became magistrate in 1849.[2]


From a young age she began recording the history of the Pitcairn Islands, specifically that of Elizabeth Mills, daughter of a Bounty mutineer.[3] She shared the history of the islands through letters, collecting historical information and personal stories.[1] She also began writing articles about the islands and worked as a primary schoolteacher.[4]

In 1894 she published a comprehensive history of Pitcairn Islands in the book Mutiny of the Bounty and Story of Pitcairn Island (1790–1894). Since its original publication, the book has been reprinted several times.[5] The book is one of the few documentations of the islands' history and drew upon the direct experiences of several generations of islanders, including those of HMS Bounty.[1]

Young was also a poet and composed the words to several songs which are still played on Pitcairn Islands.[6][7]


In 2017, five stamps were created in her honour, as part of the 'Prominent Pitcairners' series, and were on sale from 22 February 2017 (for a period of two years).[1]

Personal life[edit]

Young married Pastor David Nield, a New Zealander, on 27 November 1907 in Auckland, New Zealand.[1][4] She died on 1 February 1924 on Pitcairn Island.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Haigh, Bill. "Prominent Pitcairners – Part 5, Rosalind Amelia Young". Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Simon Young". The Peerage. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Who Are the Pitcairners? (McCOY, Robert Frederick --> NOBBS, Reuben Elias)". Pitcairn Island Study Center. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c "Rosalind Amelia Young". The Peerage. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  5. ^ Young, Rosalind Amelia (1894). Mutiny of the Bounty and Story of Pitcairn Island (1790–1894). Oakland, California: Pacific Press. ISBN 141020846X.
  6. ^ "The Pitcairn Miscellany, Vol. 56 No. 5 May 2013" (PDF). The Pitcairn Miscellany. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Pitcairn Islands Study Center". Pitcairn Island & Pacific Union College. Retrieved 18 November 2017.