Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s WW2 sites

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the Torres Strait islands many times. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and it’s full of good stories. The Strait was Australia’s northern front-line during World War Two – and those difficult times are being […]

AURUKUN CAMP DOG CARVING

THE WAY FORWARD FOR INDIGENOUS ART IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

If you ask people to talk about Australian indigenous art, most will think immediately of dot paintings – a style from the central Australian desert, instantly recognisable all over the world as Australian and indigenous. It’s by far the most commercially successful element of our […]

BITS OF NEW ZEALAND WASHING UP IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Over the past few weeks, some fairly big bits of New Zealand have been washing up along the coast of far north Queensland. They’ve travelled more than 4,000 kilometres over the past year or so, and come from a major volcanic eruption that might never […]

MY ISLAND HOMICIDE – MURDER MYSTERY AND ROMANCE IN THE TORRES STRAIT

I’ve just finished reading a really enjoyable novel by Thursday Island author Catherine Titasey. Even before it was published, it won a Queensland Literary Award for Catherine – as best emerging author 2012. It’s called My Island Homicide – billed as “crime and court room […]

WE MADE IT TO PAJINKA – THE TIP OF CAPE YORK.

On a windy Saturday morning in October 2011, three blokes and a cassowary earned themselves a small entry in the Australian radio history book. Phil Staley, Aussie Bob Apolloni, C 1 Cassowary & me made the first live radio broadcast from the tip of Cape […]