What do the small Murray Islands, in the Torres Strait off the Queensland coast have in common with Namibia?Unlike the bloody German/Herero and Nama wars, no shot was fired when Her Majesty’s administration in Queensland declared the Murray Islands a crown colony.
The inhabitants were informed of their new status as British subjects in September 1879.
What do the small Murray Islands (Mer, for the natives), which have a total land area of hardly nine square kilometers in the Torres Strait off the Queensland coast (Australia) have in common with Namibia?
Surely not geography, nor even the history of their occupation.
Between 18 Namibia stretched from the Orange River at the southern border with South Africa to the Kunene and Okavango Rivers in the north, and from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the 21st parallel in the east.
The German colonial authorities later obtained a finger of land next to the Zambezi River.