The Furneaux Group is a group of 52 islands, at the eastern end of Bass Strait, between Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. The islands were named, after British navigator Tobias Furneaux sighted the easten side of these Island after leaving Adventure Bay in 1773 on his way to New Zealand to rejoin James Cook. Navigator Matthew Flinders explored the Furneaux Islands group first in the francisin 1798 and later that year in the Norfolf.
The largest islands in the group are Flinders Island, Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island. The region contains five settlements Killiecrankie, Emita, Whitemark, Lady Barron, Cape Barren Island and Whitemark on Flinders Island which serves as the administrative center of the Municipality of Flinders local government area.
The historically notable Aboriginal woman Dolly Dalrymple was born in the area.
King Island, at the western end of Bass Strait, is not a part of the group.
The group of islands to the north east is the Kent Group.
The islands contain granite from the Devonian period, as well as unconsolidated limestone and sand from Cenozoic periods. During the ice age, a land bridge joined Tasmania to the Australian mainland through this group of islands.
STATE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES AGREED POLICY TO GUARANTEE FUTURE SHIPPING SERVICES TO FLINDERS, CAPE BARREN ISLANDS
Jul 31, 2010; HOBART, Tas., July 30 -- Minister for Sport and Recreation-David O'Byrne issued the following media release: The State Government...