Furneaux Group

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Furneaux Group

(fûr`nō), about 25 islands, c.900 sq mi (2,330 sq km), Tasmania, SE Australia, in Bass Strait between Tasmania and the Australian mainland. The largest is Flinders Island, and the group forms Flinders municipality. The islands were explored in 1773 by the British navigator Tobias Furneaux.
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He also assisted both of us greatly in fieldwork and excavations for our doctoral degrees in central Tasmania and the Furneaux Islands respectively.
Muttonbirding was a subject close to his heart, as he had fond memories of months spent 'birding' as a child on the Furneaux Islands with the rest of the Aboriginal community, and was a muttonbird gourmet.
Fifty-four boats continued on to Hobart after crossing the finish line there, sailing through Banks Strait between the north-west tip of Tasmania and the Furneaux Islands and then down the east coast to complete the Heemskirk Consolidated Melbourne to Hobart Yacht (M2H) Race.
Serventy explored the effects of regular harvesting by Aborigines on the Tasmanian mutton bird population in the Furneaux Islands in Bass Strait.