On Thursday Island we meet Aaron Smith, who is not only the editor of the local paper The Torres News, but is also the reporter, photographer and delivery man too. Travelling further north, we join Paula Dawson, a “flying midwife”, who’s heading to Badu Island to check in with some of her new mums. Next we venture to the last of Queensland’s Pearl Farms on Friday Island.

We hop on board the Sea Swift – the ship that supplies all the islands with goods and groceries – and venture to Badu. Here we drop off cargo and go cray fishing with local divers. On Moa Island we take a trip to the dentist which is conducted remotely between the small island and mainland dentist Dr Tom Meath. Next we meet Wally Kris, a local policeman, and join him at the local school where he’s teaching a group of young students their traditional cultural dance.

From there we follow the Sea Swift to Erub island, where preparations are underway for the re-opening of the 100 year old church on the island, just in time for All Saints Day. We hear about the “Coming of the Light” and the stories that underpin the island’s traditional dancing. We also meet the artists re-purposing ghost nets washed up from the ocean into elaborate, thoughtful artworks for exhibitions in galleries throughout the world.

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