This is an NFSA Digital Learning resource. See all Digital Learning websites.
Murray Island Annexation
More Information
Web video - requires <a href="http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download/">QuickTime</a> <br> <a href="#transcript">Transcript here</a>

Narration:
Murray Island remained unclaimed until 1879 when Britain annexed it to Queensland. By then the Torres Strait had become a regular shipping and trade route to Europe. To prevent rival colonial powers laying claim to the region, Britain gave control of the Torres Strait islands to Queensland, again without negotiating treaties. They vere proclaimed to be Crown land but were reserved for the exclusive use of the Melanesian islanders who, after annexation, became British subjects.
Colonial Warfare
Topic
1788-1929
Australia, colonial warfare, colonialism, colonists, genocide, land rights, martial law, massacres, Tasmania, war, Warlpiri
The Murray Islanders' Evidence
Topic
1986
evidence, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Murray Island, plaintiffs, witnesses
Sea Claims
Topic
 
Federal Government, Australia, fish traps, fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sacred, sea rights
The Great Northern Expedition
Topic
1989
Mabo, Edward Koiki, Moynihan, Justice Martin, Murray Island, Supreme Court of Queensland
Origins
Topic
 
Mer, Murray Island, Torres Strait
Gelam
Topic
 
Meriam culture, Meriam Mer, Murray Island, myths
Las
Topic
 
Las, Las, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Malo, Mer, Meriam culture, Meriam history, Murray Island, Piadaram, Zogo le
Britain's Acquisition Of Sovereignty
Topic
1879
Britain, colonisation, Mabo Case, Mer, plaintiffs, sovereignty
Common Law Rules For New English Territories
Topic
 
Britain, Britain, British law, Common Law, conquest, International law
GovernmentAuthority
Topic
1879
assimilation, Mer, Murray Island, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland, school
In Meriam Waters
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, Meriam culture, sea rights, seafarers, Torres Strait
Listening To The Sea
Topic
 
fishing, Great Barrier Reef, sea rights, seafarers
Murray Island Council
Topic
 
annexation, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland
Murray Island School
Topic
1890s
annexation, education, Mabo, Edward Koiki, Miles, Robert 'Bob', Queensland, school
The Status Of Australian Colonies
Topic
 
crown land, land ownership, sovereignty, terra nullius