Awakening: Stories from the Torres Strait

"Awakening" seeks to reconnect the spirit between people and their objects.

Coming of the Light

Cultural Advice: Visitors should be aware that the exhibition and website may include names, images and voices of deceased people that may cause sadness or distress to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is our intention to tell these stories and use imagery with good faith and with respect.

"Bringing the past forward, to create an understanding of the past for the future generations"

Uncle Thomas Sebasio, Elder, Erub Island

Since the 1840s, The London Missionary Society (LMS) had been working to spread Christianity throughout the Southwest Pacific.

The LMS hoped to convert the peoples of New Guinea to Christianity. Rather than establishing a base in mainland New Guinea, it was decided to set up a base on an Island in the Torres Strait.

In 1871, The London Missionary Society arrived on Erub Island in 1871, bringing the ‘light’ of Christ to the ‘heathen’ darkness of the Torres Strait.

The year 2011 marks the 140th Anniversary for Coming of the Light. Major celebrations will occur on Erub, Darnley Island on 1 July 2011.

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