Tiwi Islands


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Tiwi Islands,

island group, Northern Territory, Australia, c.50 mi (80 km) N of Darwin, in the Timor Sea. Consisting of Bathurst IslandBathurst Island,
c.1,000 sq mi (2,590 sq km), Northern Territory, N Australia, near Melville Island, between the Timor and Arafura seas. The island is a reservation owned by the Tiwi people.
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 and the much larger Melville IslandMelville Island,
2,240 sq mi (5,802 sq km), Northern Territory, N Australia, in the Timor Sea 16 mi (26 km) off the coast. It is 65 mi (105 km) long and 45 mi (72 km) wide and is separated from Bathurst Island by Apsley Strait.
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 to the east across the narrow Apsley Strait, the group is separated from the Australian mainland by the Beagle Gulf (SW), Clarence Strait (S), Van Dieman Gulf (SE), and Dundas Strait (NE). The islands are named for the Tiwis, the aboriginal people who live there. Nguiu, on the southeastern tip of Bathurst, is the main township. The largely traditional economy is based on hunting, fishing, native arts and crafts, and some limited tourism.
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Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, has today recognised that the Vernon Islands are Aboriginal land by delivering a deed of grant to traditional owners at a ceremony on the Tiwi Islands.
It took decades of fighting for recognition and several suicides before the Northern Territory's Tiwi Islands community finally accepted a group of Aboriginal transgender women," ABC reports.
The Tiwi Islands have been home to the Tiwi people for at least 10,000 years, since melting ice flooded the land connecting the islands to mainland Australia.
Local community members of the Tiwi Islands, located 126 kilometres northwest of Darwin in Australia, killed a 2-metre long crocodile on Wednesday afternoon based on the belief that the reptile was the one that ate a missing 22-year-old man from Melville Island.
It looks at five communities: Elcho Island, Milingimbi, Gunbalanya, Minjilang and the Tiwi Islands.
Sachin was also presented a stump, made by one of the indigenous tribes in Tiwi Islands in Australia.
The jobs and skills centre are integral to the project's development and have resulted in ongoing employment for many Indigenous community members from the Tiwi Islands to Cairns.
The six 'missing' birds are the white-breasted white-eye from Norfolk Island, whose disappearance was caused by rat predation; the western Victorian form of the pied currawong and the hooded robin from the Tiwi Islands, both decimated by changes in fire management practices; the thick-billed grasswren from Mice Springs and the southern form of the star finch that once occurred from Townsville to northern NSW, which were both affected by overgrazing; and the spotted quail-thrush from the Mt Lofty Ranges in South Australia, which was driven to probable extinction by habitat fragmentation.
DARWIN FESTIVAL: Get to know Australia's Northern Territory--home to the country's largest population of Aboriginal people--with new productions rooted in the cultures of Arnhem Land, Elcho Island and the Tiwi Islands.
Australia-based Matilda Zircon Limited (Matilda Zircon) has started mining at its Tiwi Islands Project, north of Darwin.
The final article, by Frank Urban, investigates the possibility that islands labelled 'Guaon' on some early maps of the East Indies are evidence of Portuguese discovery of the Tiwi Islands in the sixteenth century, and that references on various early maps of the region to gold may have confused the Portuguese word for that metal, ouro, with that for eggs, ovo.