Bass Strait

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Bass Strait

(băs), channel, 80 to 150 mi (129–241 km) wide, between Tasmania and Victoria, SE Australia, connecting the Indian Ocean and Tasman Sea; Port Phillip Bay and Melbourne are on the northwest coast. Bass Strait is an important fishing area. The exploration of the strait by Englishman George Bass in 1798 proved that Tasmania was not a part of the Australian continent.
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Bass Strait

a channel between mainland Australia and Tasmania, linking the Indian Ocean and the Tasman Sea
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From 1819 until the establishment of the colony of South Australia, it was operating as an outstation for the Bass Strait sealers.
After the official colonisation of South Australia in 1836, some of the Tasmanian women living with sealers on Kangaroo Island were moved to Bass Strait. Others chose to remain in South Australia, perhaps because of their perceptions of events in Tasmania as well as their desire to stay with friends and relatives.