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Lieutenant Henry Lidgbird Ball, commander of the First Fleet ship, Supply discovered Lord Howe Island in 1788 while sailing from Sydney Cove to the Norfolk Island penal settlement.
The marine park's shipwrecks and other maritime heritage artifacts are generally well protected under legislation.
The Lord Howe Island Museum features materials and displays from its discovery in 1788 to today.
The Lord Howe Island Group became a World Heritage site in 1982 because it is an outstanding example of oceanic islands of volcanic origin and it is the world's most southern true coral reef.
For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Environment.