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Green Island

Green Island is an island in Oyster Harbour located approximately 6.5 km northeast of Albany in Western Australia.

The island has a total area of 2 ha and was designated as a Class 1A Nature Reserve in 1988.

The nearest point on the mainland, Bayonet Head, is located approximately 750 m northwest of the island.

Green Island was named by George Vancouver, who also named Oyster Harbour when he visited the area in 1791. It is one of only four permanent pelican breeding grounds in Western Australia, the others being Mandurah, Shark Bay and Rockingham. The breeding pelicans can be seen from the Kalgan Queen Riverboat, as the Island itself is a reserve.

When the colony in Albany was first settled in 1826, Green Island was planted for vegetables. By 1830 it supported a vegetable garden, and a hut was erected on the island for the gardener to live in.

In 1827 a group of sealers took 5 Aborigines to Green Island to catch birds. The sealers rowed away, leaving the Aborigines behind, then returned the next day bringing water. The Aborigines attempted to take the boat, and the sealers fired on them killing one Aboriginal man. The remaining Aborigines were removed to Michaelmas Island and left there making "great lamentations".

In 1991 the government department Fisheries Western Australia granted a fish farm license to the company Ocean Foods who have leases north and northeast of Green Island where blue mussels are farmed.

 

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Australia was inhabited by indigenous Australians for about 60,000 years before the first British settlement in the late 18th century. It is documented that Aborigines spoke languages that can be classified into about 250 groups. After the European exploration of the continent by Dutch explorers in 1606, who named it New Holland, Australia's eastern half was claimed by Great Britain in 1770 and initially settled through penal transportation to the colony of New South Wales from 26 January 1788, a date which became Australia's national day. The population grew steadily in subsequent decades, and by the 1850s most of the continent had been explored and an additional five self-governing crown colonies established. On 1 January 1901, the six colonies federated, forming the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia has since maintained a stable liberal democratic political system that functions as a federal parliamentary constitutional monarchy, comprising six states and ten territories.
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