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Part 5 Poruma – an island of the Torres Strait

FRED& & BEV’S TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER. OUT & ABOUT PORUMA (COCONUT ISLAND) Poruma  is also known as Coconut Island and is a narrow coral island, just 1.4 kilometres long and 400 metres wide. It is situated about 120 kilometres north … Continue reading

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Part 4 Torres Strait Pilot Service

PART 4   FRED AND BEV’S TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER.  ESTABLISHMENT of NAVIGATIONAL MARKERS, PILOT SERVICE and FRED’S PILOT BOAT EXPERIENCE.   In 1837 Commander Wickham in the Beagle carried out an extensive survey of the straits between Cape York and the … Continue reading

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Part 3 Torres Strait Explorers and Discovery

PART 3 of FRED and BEV’S TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER. Early explorers and Torres Strait Discovery. In 1598 Dutch historian and cartographer Cornelius Wytfliet said, ‘The Terra Australis is the most southern of all lands and is separated from New Guinea … Continue reading

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Part 2 Torres Strait The Islanders

PART 2 of FRED and BEV’S TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER.  THE ISLANDERS. The Torres Strait Islander flag is a symbol for the unity and identity of all Torres Strait Islanders. Green represents the land, blue the sea, white peace and black … Continue reading

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Part 1 Torres Strait

PART 1 of FRED and BEV’S TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER. The Torres Strait Encounter follows on from our Encountering the Past Odyssey  In light of the effort involved with writing our last travel Odyssey blog I have decided not to go … Continue reading

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Tamworth to Thursday Island via Mackay

OUR  JOURNEY TO THURSDAY ISLAND IN THE TORRES STRAIT VIA MACKAY, QUEENSLAND. This post relates to family.  Further  posts will detail the history of the Torres Strait and our experiences in this very interesting and picturesque part of Australia. The … Continue reading

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A New Encounter—the Torres Strait, Queensland.

TORRES STRAIT ENCOUNTER. Following on from Fred and Bev’s Encountering the Past Odyssey. The last entry of our Encountering the Past Odyssey blog related to the day we arrived home after being on the road for ten months retracing our … Continue reading

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Across Australia Day 6 Home Sweet Home

FINAL DAY OF OUR ENCOUNTERING THE PAST ODYSSEY.  TOTAL TIME AWAY FROM HOME: 203 DAYS. SUNDAY 20TH JANUARY 2013. GILGANDRA  to TAMWORTH. The Pilliga Forests marked on the above map was the largest arid forest in the world comprising more … Continue reading

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Across Australia Day 5 Almost home

  SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY 2013. COCKBURN CAMP to GILGANDRA. Note the Macquarie Marshes and the Marthaguy Creek Camp where we camped on the first night of this odyssey; it seems so long ago.  It’s hard to believe we have been … Continue reading

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Across Australia Days 3 and 4

THURSDAY DAY 17TH JANUARY 2013. BLOWHOLE CAMP to RIP-OFF CAMP (PENONG) Last night we slept long and soundly; in fact, it was the best night’s sleep we have had in months. I’m sure it had something to do with being … Continue reading

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