Brumer Islands

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Brumer Islands
Brumer Islands is located in Papua New Guinea
Brumer Islands
Geography
Location Oceania
Coordinates 10°45′30″S 150°23′00″E / 10.75833°S 150.38333°E / -10.75833; 150.38333Coordinates: 10°45′30″S 150°23′00″E / 10.75833°S 150.38333°E / -10.75833; 150.38333[1]
Adjacent bodies of water Coral Sea
Total islands 5
Major islands
Area 4.1 km2 (1.6 sq mi)
Administration
Province  Milne Bay
District Samarai-Murua District
LLG [2] Alotau Rural Local Level Government Area
Island Group Brumer Islands
Largest settlement
Badila Bedda Bedda Bonarua
(population ~160)
Demographics
Demonym Papuan people
Population 160 (2000)
Ethnic groups Papauans, Austronesians, Melanesians.
Additional information
Time zone
Official website www.ncdc.gov.pg
ISO Code = PG-MBA

Brumer Islands are an island group of Papua New Guinea.

The islands are located off the southeast coast of New Guinea, about 10 km from the South Cape. Badila Bedda Bedda Bonarua (2,49 km²), is the westernmost island of the group. it is long and narrow, and extends over 14 km from northeast to southwest. It is dense with coconut forests and other trees. The soil is fertile. In the valleys, many fenced fields of the farmers who raise bananas and sugar cane can be seen. At its highest point, Mount Bonarua, it reaches 120 m. There is a light beacon on the southwest cape of the island. Harikoia, the second largest island (1,32 km²) is located east of Badila Bedda Bedda Bonarua, it is higher and reaches 165 m. The other islands of the group, including Ahana rock, are all located southeast of Harikoia. The islands belong to Alotau LLG, and are not related to Louisiade archipelago.

Population[edit]

At the time of the 2000 census the population of the group was 160, all in the only village on the main island Bonarua.

History[edit]

First recorded sighting by Europeans was by the Spanish expedition of Luís Vaez de Torres in the summer of 1606, that charted it as Mira Como Vas (Look How You're Going in Spanish).[3] [4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prostar Sailing Directions 2004 New Guinea Enroute, p. 168
  2. ^ LLG map
  3. ^ Justo, Zaragoza "Descubrimientos de los españoles en el Mar del Sur y en las costas de la Nueva Guinea" Boletín de Sociedad Geográfica de Madrid, t.IV. 1º semestre 1878, Madrid, p.60.
  4. ^ Archive copy at the Wayback Machine