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.
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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.
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.