In 1788 the English lieutenant Shortland coasted along the south side of the chain, and, supposing it to be a continuous land, named it New Georgia; and in 1792 Captain Edward Manning sailed through the strait which separates Ysabel from Choiseul and now bears his name.
Mr Shortland appears to think that cannibalism among the Maories of New Zealand may have thus originated.
The mouth of the Hunter river (named after Governor John Hunter), now known as Newcastle Harbour, was discovered in 1797 by Lieutenant John Shortland, who accompanied Hunter to New South Wales.
The centenary of the landing of Shortland was celebrated in 1897, when a monument commemorating the event was erected.
It comprises under one municipality the settlement formerly called Grahamstown, with its suburbs Shortland and Tararu.