Cape Barren Island
is located off the north east coast of Tasmania
, and is one of the islands of the Furneaux Group
in Bass Strait
. The largest island of the group, Flinders Island
, lies to the north, with the smaller Clarke Island
to the south. The highest point on the island is Mount Munro
at 715 metres . Mount Munro is probably named after James Munro
(ca. 1779-1845), a former convict and then sealer, who lived from the 1820s for more than 20 years with several women on nearby Preservation Island
The island has an area of . most of them in the settlement Cape Barren Island, also called The Corner
, on the northwest coast.
Australia's only native goose, the Cape Barren Goose
, was first sighted on this island.
History and people
Today the residents of Cape Barren Island consist of an Aboriginal
community of approximately 70 people. Most of the residents are descended from a community of mixed descent (European and Aboriginal people) who had originally settled on several smaller nearby islands but relocated to Cape Barren Island in the late 1870s. The Colonial Government of Tasmania established... Read More