ANGWIN, Calif., USA, March 29, 2005 ------- Pitcairn Island has
had something of a population explosion with the birth in Auckland,
New Zealand, on March 22, 2005, of Ryan Randy Christian, whose sister,
Emily Rose Christian, born on Pitcairn just 17 months ago, was the
first child born on the remote island in 17 years.
Born to Nadine and Randall Christian at 1:10 a.m., March 22, Ryan
weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and is described as a most
beautiful little boy by an Auckland-based Pitcairn administrative
worker, according to a report reaching the Pitcairn Islands Study
Center in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ryan is a ninth generation descendant of Fletcher Christian, who
led the famous mutiny on HMS Bounty in 1789, and later sought
a safe hiding place on Pitcairn Island.
Feeling a bit uncomfortable with obstetrical training of medical
personnel on Pitcairn, Mrs. Christian opted for delivery by more
experienced personnel in Auckland. She and young Ryan expect to
return to Pitcairn soon to be reunited with their other family members.
On September 14, 2003, Mrs. Christian gave birth to Emily Rose
Christian, the first child born on Pitcairn in 17 years. That birth
was assisted by a well-trained obstetrical nurse who was resident
on the island at the time but is no longer there.
About 50 people live on Pitcairn Island today. The tiny isle is
located close to mid-way between Panama and New Zealand in the South
Pacific Ocean. The islands greatest population was 233 in
Pitcairn Islands Study Center, 1 Angwin
Ave., Angwin, CA, USA. Herbert Ford, 707-965-6625, 707-965-2047, Fax: 707-965-6504,
Email: email@example.com, Website: http://library.puc.edu/pitcairn