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'Pacific Ocean, a native canoe meeting strangers off the Murray Islands', 1845

This is a watercolour by Edwin Augustus Porcher showing about 15 people in a large canoe that is powered by oars and two sails. The people are hailing or pointing at two Royal Navy vessels in the eastern Torres Strait near the Murray Islands. The title of the watercolour comes from an inscription on the mount. The work ...

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Listen as Anne Gela tells the story of "Gubuluk". Anne is a Mualgal woman from the St Paul community of Moa Island, which is in the inner-west Torres Strait group of islands. Can you find Moa Island on a map? Anne speaks Big Thap Creole/Yumplatok.