Lobster Island. Photo: Supplied1. Why is an island off the South n town of Ceduna named Lilliput?
(a) Jonathan Swift placed the land of the little people in Gulliver’s Travels at roughly the same latitude.
(b) A unique colony of unusually small seals calls the island home.
(c) It commemorates the 1959 nearby sinking of a tuna boat owned by the father of Olympic gold medal weightlifter Dean Lukin.
2 Nauru is the latest of the prisoner islands that litter n history. What did the first Europeans call the place when they discovered it in 1798?
(a) Guano Island
(b) Pleasant Island
(c) Warrior Island
3. ‘s first border security action occurred in 1877 when 2500 indentured Chinese diggers were quarantined for 16 days on an island off the Queensland coast to give European diggers a head start in the Palmer River rush. What island was it?
4. The late Beatle George Harrison once owned a house on which Great Barrier Reef island?
5. Which Great Barrier Reef island was used as backdrop to the 1969 film Age of Consent that featured Helen Mirren playing a coquettish teenager who posed nude for a bohemian recluse?
6. After a 1918 cyclone destroyed an Aboriginal mission at South Mission Beach, Queensland, survivors were rounded up and banished to which island off Townsville?
7. The Siege of Pinchgut, a 1959 British film starring American Aldo Ray, was set on the Sydney Harbour island of?
(b) Fort Denison
8. According to revived research, pioneering aviatrix Amelia Earhart did not crash into the Pacific during a 1937 circumnavigation attempt but rather perished as a castaway on which island?
9. An explosion in the number of what sort of marsupials on Western ‘s Rottnest Island prompted authorities to erect a rabbit-proof fence to protect the golf club for tourists?
(a) Cousin’s wallabies
(c) Hook-nosed bandicoots
10. Who wrote APRA’s 1995 Song of the Year, My Island Home?
(a) Christine Anu
(b) The Mills Sisters
(c) Neil Murray
11. Captain Arthur Phillip visited Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury within weeks of the First Fleet’s arrival. What did he name it?
(a) Long Island
(b) Spectacle Island
(c) Mullet Island
12. Set in an Anglican mission in Western , Randolph Stow’s Miles Franklin Award winning book was one of the first to portray the fruits of ‘s racist policies concerning Aboriginal peoples. It was called:
(a) Drums of Mer
(b) To the Islands
Answers: 1. (a), 2. (b), 3. (b), 4. (a), 5. (a) and (b), 6. (c), 7. (b), 8. (c), 9. (b), 10. (c), 11. (c), 12. (b).