Small yet interesting....
Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
46Trip End Apr 16, 2012
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Thursday Island is just off the tip of Cape York at the far north of Queensland. It is the most northernly point of Australia. It is a small island in the Torres Strait Islands measuring about 3.5 square kilometres. The name of the main town on Thursday Island is Thursday Island (T.I. for short). I guess that keeps things simple!. The people are Torres Strait Islanders, an indigenous people but not Aboriginies - they are Melanesian people. T.I. started as a fishing village but it is much more developed now. The population is 3500 and they are the administrative and commercial centre for all of the Torres Islands (a beautiful region with blue seas and tropical islands) . Pearling was the original industry of the island. Divers dove for pearls & brought up the shells to make jewelry, knife handles, buttons, dishes, etc from the pearls found & the lined shells (mother of pearl)
After the Crimean war there was a threat of a Russian invasion which highlighted TI’s importance as a port and coaling station. This led to the colonies deciding on the construction of a defense installation to protect the shipping channel. It took 30 men two years to excavate & build a fort. This was in 1893. Green Hill Fort is still there including some of the cannons that were used. It is situated on a high hill that has magnificent views and was also used as a World War Two defense facility. We had a tour of the fort and a short tour of the Island then headed back to the ship to have a relaxing afternoon by the pool.
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