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Darnley - Erub Erwer Uteb

Head of Campus: Andrew Shaw
Phone: (07) 4069 4007 | Fax: (07) 4069 4237
Campus enrolment: 62 Students
Year Levels: Pre-Prep to Year 6
Community Snapshot
Population: 328*
Cluster: Eastern Islands
English Name: Darnley Island
Traditional Name: Erub
Erub is the largest volcanic island in the eastern Torres Strait. As it is composed of mainly lava and ash, the mountainous island has rich soil which boasts good vegetation.
The traditional language spoken on Erub is Meriam Mir.
On 1st July 1871, Darnley became the stage for the Coming of the Light - where the gospel was first introduced, by the London Missionary Society to the Torres Strait Region. Before the Light came, pearlers and beche-de-mer gatherers began visiting the island. Over many years, these industries attracted an influx of seamen from the Pacific Islands, the Philippines and Malaya, many of whom married local women and settled on the island.
*Source: 2016 ABS Census
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