Thursday Island


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Thursday Island

(2016 pop. 2,938), Queensland, NE Australia, N of Cape York Peninsula, in Torres Strait. It is the administrative and commercial center of the Torres Strait Islands.
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Thursday Island

an island in Torres Strait, between NE Australia and New Guinea: administratively part of Queensland, Australia. Area: 4 sq. km (1.5 sq. miles)
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It was only just before leaving at the end of his first stint, at a wedding on Thursday Island, that he heard an old Erub man (George Sailor) strike a chant and perform movements that were unmistakably different from what he had heard and seen before.
I even found my family in the Thursday Island hula dance group photographs!
The Thursday Island Government Resident, the senior Queensland official in Torres Strait, (18) occasionally presented whaleboats to Torres Strait Islander communities to foster goodwill and reinforce the authority of the Mamoose, or island headman.
His boat ran aground near Thursday Island in Torres Strait then slipped beneath the waves.
He was one of only two Torres Strait Islanders to complete his nursing degree when James Cook University first offered the degree on Thursday Island. Four years later, there are still only 13 indigenous people in the course.
When the Thursday Island Police Magistrate Henry Chester (also a pearl shell trader) sailed past Delal Bibi in northwest Badu in 1871, he reported that 'The narrow channel between Banks [Mua] and Mulgrave [Badu] has been fished with great success, and the small islands North and South of the latter have been scarcely less productive; but for some time past no new patches of pearl shell have been discovered' (Chester, 1871: no pages).
After being spotted by an Australian coastal patrol aircraft on Saturday, the pair were winched onto a rescue helicopter and taken to hospital on Thursday Island, off Australia's far north.
A large population of mixed Torres Strait, Pacific Island and Asian descent therefore came under the net of protection, and many moved to Thursday Island in order not to be on declared government reserves and classed as Aborigines or half-castes.
The earliest known dengue epidemics occurred from 1885-1901 and spread throughout most of Thursday Island, Townsville, Cairns, Cooktown, Pt.
Each short story is based on Hansen's memories of a lifetime of travel to locations as varied as Thursday Island in northern Queensland, the kava fields of a remote island in Vanuatu, a home for the destitute in Calcutta and a Russian chef's apartment in New York.
Prior to the war, wireless telegraphy support at Port Darwin, Port Moresby and Thursday Island had been provided to defence by a civil firm, Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Pty Ltd, or AWA.
From there the Tilikum sails for New Caledonia, Thursday Island, Torres Strait, across the Indian Ocean, via the Cape and Pernambuco [coast of Brazil], the most easterly point of South America, and thence to London.