The charter boat Roxette at Vansittart Island. Originally known as Gun Carriage Island, Vansittart is uninhabited by humans, save for one cottage open to visitors.
Vansittart is one of many islands that make up The Furneaux Group. Evidence of Aboriginal history reaches back some 40,000 years, but the group is named after Captain Tobias Furneaux, an English navigator who sighted some of the islands in 1773, but mistook them for mainland Australia.
Huddled in the unforgiving Bass Strait is a remote cluster of islands with fewer than 900 residents. The Furneaux Group is a quiet place of ancient rituals, stunning scenery and a violent history. All photos by Cameron Cope.
Read more about life on the islands and The Furneaux Group’s history in Sandy Guy’s feature in AG#135, out now.