Torres Strait

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Tor·res Strait

A strait between New Guinea and Cape York Peninsula of northeast Australia. It connects the Arafura Sea with the Coral Sea.

Torres Strait

(ˈtɔːrɪz; ˈtɒr-)
(Placename) a strait between NE Australia and S New Guinea, linking the Arafura Sea with the Coral Sea. Width: about 145 km (90 miles)

Tor′res Strait′

(ˈtɔr ɪz, ˈtɒr-)
a strait between NE Australia and S New Guinea. 80 mi. (130 km) wide.
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Noun1.Torres Strait - a strait between northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea that connects the Coral Sea with the Arafura SeaTorres Strait - a strait between northeastern Australia and southern New Guinea that connects the Coral Sea with the Arafura Sea
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The Torres Straits are nearly thirty-four leagues wide; but they are obstructed by an innumerable quantity of islands, islets, breakers, and rocks, that make its navigation almost impracticable; so that Captain Nemo took all needful precautions to cross them.
The tides are not strong in the Pacific: you are right there, Professor; but in Torres Straits one finds still a difference of a yard and a half between the level of high and low seas.
He signed on the same ships with me; and together we ranged the Pacific from Hawaii to Sydney Head, and from Torres Straits to the Galapagos.
Contract awarded for This Request for Quote is for five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services and Specialist Services (Inner Cluster) in the Torres Straits.
The marine biologist Charles Yonge, who visited Torres Strait in 1929, reported that the people of Mer, mostly women, used dinghies on home and close-by Outer Barrier reefs to gather beche-de-mer and trochus, (71) and a well informed if somewhat patronizing 1928 Australian Woman's Mirror article entitled, 'Women's work in Torres Straits', revealed that, along with handcrafts and housewifely occupations, Torres Strait Islander women cleaned trochus shell, tended beche-de-mer smoke houses, and 'of late years the girls and younger women actually help their fathers and husbands in the collection of beche-de-mer and trochus on the "home" reefs, and have proved themselves very clever divers'.
it must be remembered that many decorated objects have been imported from New Guinea to Torres Straits and possibly a few have passed in the reverse direction.
Pretty, GL 1963, 'A turtle shell mask of Torres Straits type in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney', Records of the South Australian Museum 14(3):421-5.
These views extended into this century as Haddon (1935:396) stated '[t]here is little in common in the social and material culture between Melanesia and the Torres Straits that cannot be accounted for otherwise than by direct transmission from the former to the latter'.
1912 Report of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits.
1890 Ethnography of the Western Tribes of Torres Straits, Journal of the Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 19, 297-442.
Torres Strait Islander, Gela's Karr Urn (or Parrot Fish Urn) featured an elegantly refined, delicately decorated, woodfired lidded vessel with an engaging and personal story behind it.
The locus of one such set of transmissions has been the Torres Strait Islands, situated between the tip of Australia's Cape York and what is now the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.