The death on Boxing Day of Bernice Christian, a descendant of 18th-century HMS Bounty mutineers, cut the islands' population to 55. Ms Christian was the great- great-granddaughter of the Bounty's navigator, Edward Young. She was married to another islander, John Christian, a direct descendant of Fletcher Christian, the man who led the mutiny against Captain Bligh. The mutineers settled on the remote island with Tahitian women.
WELLINGTON (Reuter) - The population of the Pitcairn Islands, Britain's most remote colony, has fallen by 2 per cent after the death of a 94-year-old woman.