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Murray Island village

Date: 1900-1920
Overall: 101 x 146 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Robert D McKilliam
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: ANMS0227[081]
Related Place:Murray Island,

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    Three women standing in group facing camera all wearing long full dresses from neck to ankle. Collars at neck, buttoned up. Handwritten pon the back is 'Murray Island natives centre girl saved other 2 & swam 17 miles'.
    SignificanceThis image is a part of the Captain Robert McKilliam collection. Captain McKilliam worked for the Aberdeen White Star Line for 32 years and sailed aboard such famous clipper ships as SALAMIS and THERMOPYLAE. He moved to Sydney in 1913 where he served as Assistant Wharf Master on Darling Island.
    HistoryMer (also known as Murray Island) is a small island located in the eastern section of the Torres Strait and is one of the three islands generally known as the Murray Group. Erub (Darnley) and Ugar (Stephens) Islands make up the remainder of this group. Mer is the most eastern island in the Torres Strait, and is located about 225 kilometers from Thursday Island.
    For many thousands of years, Mer has been, and continues to be, home to the eight tribes of the Meriam [Meri-am] people; the Komet, Zagareb, Meuram, Magaram, Geuram, Peibre, Meriam-Samsep, Piadram and Dauer Meriam.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Three women standing in group facing camera wearing long full dresses from neck to ankle taken at Murray Island

    Collection title: Murray Island village

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