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Darnley - Erub Erwer Uteb

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Head of Campus: Kathy Pike

Phone: (07) 4069 4007 | Fax: (07) 4069 4237

Email: the.principal@darnislass.eq.edu.au

Campus enrolment: 62 Students

Year Levels: Kindy 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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Last reviewed 22 May 2020
Last updated 22 May 2020