Dr Jo Wills and Ewen McPhee recently visited Torres Strait and the Northern Peninsular Area (Cape York) as part of their role as Museum Development Officers. They visited Hammond Island, Green Hill Fort, Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Quetta All Souls Memorial Cathedral, Gateway Museum on Horn Island, and some of the State Library of Queensland’s Indigenous Knowledge Centres in the Northern Peninsula Area on Cape York.
Enjoy some of these images of the spectacular Torres Strait region…more detailed posts will follow.
St Joseph’s Church, Hammond Island. The foundation stone notes the church was built by Fr Thomas Dixon and the Hammond Island community, assisted by the Clark family of Thursday Island and other volunteers, 1952-1953.
View South from Green Hill Fort. Construction started on Green Hill Fort in 1891 in order to defend the colony of Australia from a Russian attack. It remained in use until 1920 and played a role in WW2 defence. It was also a weather station, and after restoration it became the home of the Torres Strait Historical Society and Museum Association. It is the premier tourist destination on Thursday Island.
view looking North from Green Hill Fort
view East from Green Hill Fort
Approaching Seisia – Red Island. The ferry leaves Thursday Island and arrives at Seisia jetty on a regular schedule.