Welcome to Palmerston
Palmerston, 500km northwest of Rarotonga, is the Southern Group’s only true atoll, halfway towards the Cooks’ Northern Group. The lineage of all Palmerston Islanders can be traced to just one man – prolific Englishman William Masters, a ship’s carpenter, who arrived from Manuae with two Polynesian wives in 1863. Having quickly added a third wife, over the next 36 years Masters created his own island dynasty. He came from Gloucester and his progeny spoke excellent English with a thick Gloucester accent. Today, there are three main families on Palmerston (who spell their name Marsters), and you’ll find Marsterses scattered throughout the Cooks and the rest of Australasia – the total number of William’s descendants is now well into the thousands.
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