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Monument commemorates the arrival of First Christian Missionaries in 1871.
The first Christian missionaries to establish a presence in the Torres Strait were associated with the London Missionary Society. From 1871, as the first step in bringing Christianity to Papua/New Guinea, the Society began to land its Pacific Islander teachers [mostly Loyalty Islanders] in the Torres Strait - at Erub [Darnley], Tutu [Warrior] and Dauan [Mt Cornwallis] islands in July 1871, and at Mabuiag [Jervis], Moa [Banks], Massid [Yorke] and Saibai islands in 1872. These lay teachers brought an indigenised form of Protestantism to the Torres Strait, reinforced the status of the Strait's Pacific Islander maritime workers, and paved the way for European missionaries.
|Address:||Douglas Street, Quetta Precinct, Thursday Island, 4875|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -10.584273|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-July-1871|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-July-1871|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1961|
THANK GOD FOR THE FIRST MISSIONARIES WHO, ON 1ST JULY 1871 AT DARNLEY ISLAND BROUGHT THE LIGHT OF CHRIST TO
THE TORRES STRAITS
FOUR GOSPELS IN EASTERN AND WESTERN DIALECTS
FROM 1871 THESE BOOKS WERE PRINTED
1902 LORD IT IS DONE AS THOU HAS SAID AND YET THEIR IS ROOM