|an island in Torres Strait, between NE Australia and New Guinea: administratively part of Queensland, Australia. Area: 4 sq km (1.5 sq miles)|
island in the Torres Strait off northern Queensland, Australia. It is surrounded by Prince of Wales, Friday, Good's, Hammond, Wednesday, and Horn islands, and it is the administrative centre for the area. The principal town is Port Kennedy, on the eastern shore. The mixed population of Malays, Chinese, Japanese, and Melanesians are engaged mainly in pearling and trochus and beche-de-mer (sea cucumber) fishing. The island reaches a maximum elevation of 374 feet (113 metres) above sea level. With its neighbours, it was annexed to Queensland in the 1870s and was proclaimed a municipality in 1912. Area 1.25 square miles (3 square km). Pop. (2006) 2,546.
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