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270 islands between Australia and Papua New Guinea

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, June 30, 2011) – Islanders of the Torres Strait - a vast and remote region north of Australia, and largely unknown to Australians - will celebrate their culture in an exhibition beginning this weekend.

Torres Strait is between the northern tip of Queensland state's Cape York and Papua New Guinea.

It comprises more than 270 islands - although only 17 of them are home to about 6,000 people.

More than 40,000 Torres Strait islanders live on the Australian mainland.

This weekend many of them will be converging on Brisbane, on the mid-north coast, the launch of a celebration of Torres Strait Island culture and history.

Exhibitions in the celebration will run until October.

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