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Moresby seems assured as the efforts of various trading companies to promote business relations with Java and Australia, have met with the most gratifying results, and the action of the Royal Packet Company in making the Port a regular place of call has considerably augmented the commerce between these countries.
Having spent a few enjoyable hours at this port our vessel steers m a westerly direction for Thursday Island, the northermost part of Australia.
Steaming almost due west through a network of small islands, extremely picturesque in their setting of a brilliant turquoise blue ocean, we arrive at Thursday Island. Hardly a ripple THURSDAY Stirred the surface of the water, and one might ISLAND. have easily imagined our navigating a great calm
lake. Numerous pearling lugypers lay at anchor in the bay, the dark figures of the native crews clearly outlined against the white vessels. A wharf of great length connects with the shore, at the
extreme end of which stands the post and telegraph office. The town is not very large and all buildings are constructed of wood and galvanised iron. The streets are wide, fairly well kept and in some cases lined with cocoa-nut trees. All the principal commercial houses have offices fronting the beach, some little distance south of the Post Office. The town possesses several hotels and one Bank.
Thursday Island is the centre of the great pearling industry and many valuable pearls have been found here. The boats used (luggers as they are called) are staunch little vessels and frequently have accomplished