Two nineteenth century copper ingots from waters off Mabuyag, Torres Strait

Peter Gesner, Garrick Hitchcock

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    Abstract

    In February 2006 two copper ingots were recovered from shallow waters near Mabuyag (Mabuiag Island) in Torres Strait and deposited in the Queensland Museum’s Townsville branch, the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Elemental analysis and archival research strongly suggests that the ingots originate from the jettisoned cargo of the ‘country vessel’ Hercules, which ran aground on or in the vicinity of the Orman Reefs in June 1822 en route to Calcutta from Chile, with a load of copper ingots. Many of the ingots were subsequently recovered by Goemulgal in 1887 and their sale funded the erection of the first modern church building on Mabuyag.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)531-569
    JournalMemoirs of the Queensland Museum: Cultural Heritage Series
    Volume8
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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