Wellesley Islands

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For the island in New York, see Wellesley Island.

The Wellesley Islands are a group of islands off the coast of north Queensland, Australia, in the Gulf of Carpentaria. They were named by Matthew Flinders in honour of Richard Wellesley, 1st Marquess Wellesley. The largest island in the group is Mornington Island. Two small islands in the group form the Manowar and Rocky Islands Important Bird Area because of their importance for breeding seabirds.[1] The South Wellesley Islands and the Forsyth Islands are in the same area and all are the local government area of the Shire of Mornington.


  1. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Manowar and Rocky Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 11/08/2011.

Coordinates: 16°42′S 139°30′E / 16.700°S 139.500°E / -16.700; 139.500