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Torres Strait Islanders are the indigenous people of the Torres Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia. They are Melanesians culturally akin to the coastal peoples of Papua New Guinea. They are regarded as being distinct from other Aboriginal peoples of the rest of Australia, and are generally referred to separately. There are also two Torres Strait Islander communities on the nearby coast of the mainland at Bamaga and Seisia. Image File history File links Torres_Strait_Islanders_Flag. ... Image File history File links Torres_Strait_Islanders_Flag. ... Torres Strait Islander Flag - Ratio: 2:3 The Torres Strait Islander flag is an official Flag of Australia, and is the flag that represents Torres Strait Islander people. ... The term indigenous peoples has no universal, standard or fixed definition, but can be used about any ethnic group who inhabit the geographic region with which they have the earliest historical connection. ... The Torres Strait Islands are a group of at least 274 small islands which lie in Torres Strait, the waterway separating far northern continental Australias Cape York Peninsula and the island of New Guinea. ... Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Peter Beattie (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd)  - Product per capita  $40,170/person (6th) Population (End of September 2006)  - Population  4,070,400 (3rd)  - Density  2. ... Melanesia (from Greek black islands) is a region extending from the west Pacific to the Arafura Sea, north and north-east of Australia. ... Indigenous Australians or Aborigines[1][2] are the first human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. ... Bamaga () is a town near the northern tip of Cape York in the north of Queensland, Australia. ... Seisia is an area north of New Mapoon and west of Bamaga at the tip of Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. ...

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Population

Map of Torres Strait Islands

There are 6,800 Torres Strait Islanders who live in the area of the Torres Strait, and 42,000 others who live outside of this area, mostly in the north of Queensland, particularly in Townsville and Cairns. [1] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (929x922, 27 KB) A map of the Torres Strait Islands. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (929x922, 27 KB) A map of the Torres Strait Islands. ... Townsville (Postcodes: 4810-4819) is a city on the north-eastern coast of Australia, located in the state of Queensland. ... Central Cairns from Mount Whitfield looking southeast. ...


Culture

The indigenous people of the Torres Strait have a distinct culture which has developed with influences from the islands which they live. They are a sea-faring people, and engaged in trade with peoples of New Guinea. Unlike the indigenous peoples of mainland Australia, the islanders were agriculturalists although they supplemented their food supplies through hunting and gathering.


Languages

Kalaw Lagaw Ya, Kalau Kawau Ya, Kulkalgau Ya and Kawalgau Ya, which are all dialects of each other, are spoken in the western, northern and central islands. These are related to Aboriginal languages. Meriam Mir, related to Papuan languages, is spoken on the eastern islands. [2] There are two languages indigenous to Torres Strait Islanders. ... The Australian Aboriginal languages comprise several language families and isolates native to Australia and a few nearby islands, but by convention excluding Tasmania. ... The term Papuan languages refers to those languages of the western Pacific which are neither Austronesian nor Australian. ...


Notable Islanders

Famous Torres Strait Islanders include

Eddie Koiki Mabo (c. ... Christine Anu (born 1970) is an Australian pop singer from Cairns, Queensland. ... Seaman Dan is a Torres Strait Islander singer/songwriter whose first recording was released in 2000. ... Wendell Jermaine Sailor (born 16 July 1974 in Sarina, Queensland) is a former Australian representative rugby footballer who represented his country in both rugby union and rugby league- a dual code international. ... Sam Thaiday (born June 12, 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian rugby league player for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League competition. ... Brent Webb (born November 8, 1980 in Cairns, Queensland) is a New Zealand rugby league player for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League (Europe) competition. ...

See also

Indigenous Australians or Aborigines[1][2] are the first human inhabitants of the Australian continent and its nearby islands. ... Torres Strait Islander Flag - Ratio: 2:3 The Torres Strait Islander flag is an official Flag of Australia, and is the flag that represents Torres Strait Islander people. ... There are two languages indigenous to Torres Strait Islanders. ...

References

  1. ^ Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Australia Now. Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.
  2. ^ Torres Strait Islanders. Fact Sheets. Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.

This article describes the national government of Australia. ... The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is an Australian government department concerned with the relations between Australia and other nations, both in political and economic terms. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ... This article describes the national government of Australia. ... The Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs is the Australian Government Department responsible for social policies and support affecting Australian society and the living standards of Australian families and from 27 January 2006 the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, 21 days before the next year. ...

External links

  • Torres Strait Regional Authority
  • Church of Torres Strait

  Results from FactBites:
 
Torres Strait Islanders - - Family Matters - Journal article - Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) (4270 words)
Torres Strait Islanders are indigenous Australians who have had a low profile in the wider Australian consciousness until the Mabo decision was handed down by the High Court on 3 June 1992.
Eddie Mabo was a Torres Strait Islander originally from Murray Island in the Torres Strait, and had won a case against the Queensland government in which he and two other plaintiffs were legally recognised as the traditional owners of their land.
Torres Strait Islanders are of Melanesian background and have their homeland in the Torres Strait, which is approximately 10os and situated between the tip of Cape York and Papua New Guinea.
Torres Strait Islanders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (145 words)
Torres Strait Islanders are the indigenous people of the Torres Strait Islands, part of Queensland, Australia.
There are also two Torres Strait Islander communities on the nearby coast of the mainland at Bamaga and Seisia.
There are 6,800 Torres Strait Islanders who live in the area of the Torres Strait, and 42,000 others who live outside of this area, mostly in the north of Queensland, such as in Townsville and Cairns.
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