The History of ‘The Percy Isles, Past and Present’ encapsulates Australian European pioneering history up until the present day, on the 2,000Ha Island. It also includes what little is recorded of the local Aboriginal people that apparently regularly visited and used the Island for its resources. New Editions are updated as the Islands history unfolds. The History is compiled by Jon and Lys Hickling and is available in CD version $35.00, at the Tree House or Homestead.
We have a ‘hard’ copy at the Tree House and the recent edition is at the Homestead for your perusal. ($10.00 goes to the Island foundation and $25.00 goes to Jon and Liz for their continued enthusiasm and efforts in compiling this fascinating history, and to help in a small way towards their losses when they inappropriately lost their home here in 2001.)
You can also purchase this as a Digital eBook (PDF) below.
The Land Facts: In 2011 the 2,000Ha Middle Percy Island leasehold formally changed from the Lands Act to the Nature Conservation Act Section 34. The National Parks decided they could best manage the Island, against the wishes of the majority of main users of the Island;- the cruising public. So changes include designating 83% of the previous land holding to national park status. That means we are no longer able to manage the (introduced) grazing animals and the rangers have yet to do any control. It is unknown how the weeds will be controlled once the stock of goats, which were introduced by Royal Navy in 1874, are ‘eradicated’ at the taxpayers expense.
The other introduced animals are Eastern Grey Kangaroos (by my cousin Andy Martin in 1970s) with Wallabies, and Rusa Deer (brought out by 2001 by man that conned Andy). The Cane Toads (recommended by the DPI) were introduced by the Whites at the moment are considered unimportant. They however eat the little skinks and insects and are a menace squashing seedlings.
The 117Ha of Conservation Park has been granted to Cathryn Radclyffe for 20 years commencing 2012 to ensure ongoing maintenance and to protect the unique Cultural Heritage and Nature Conservation values of the Island.