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Jedda (Paulina) Purantatameri is a Tiwi Islands lady from the Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) community, Melville Island. She is experienced in both radio and film. Jedda has been an outstanding advocate for her community, her people and has passionately contributed to the remote Indigenous media industry.

In her many years working in Indigenous media, she has represented TEABBA as a Board member, including holding the Chairperson position. She has also contributed her time to other Boards and Organisations, including IRCA (2010-2011) and ICTV (2013-).

Jedda directed two short documentaries, “One Tree One Man” in Yarning Up Series 1 and “The Bombing of Darwin” in Yarning Up 3. This series is a compilation of films supported by Screen Territory, ABC, and NITV. These short stories have been screened in several international Film Festivals.

Jedda has a strong passion for the remote media industry and always gets herself involved in Indigenous media projects or training incentives that could assist her community and the Sector.

Native name: (Tiwi) Yermalner
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Melville Island, viewed from Bathurst Island
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Location Timor Sea
Coordinates 11°33′S 130°56′E / 11.550°S 130.933°E / -11.550; 130.933Coordinates: 11°33′S 130°56′E / 11.550°S 130.933°E / -11.550; 130.933
Archipelago Tiwi Islands
Major islands Melville, Irrititu
Area 5,786 km2 (2,234 sq mi)
Territory Northern Territory
Largest settlement Milikapiti (pop. 559)
Population ca. 1030
Ethnic groups Tiwi

Melville Island, known in the Tiwi language as Yermalner, is an island in the eastern Timor Sea, off the coast of the Northern Territory, Australia. It is west of the Cobourg Peninsula in Arnhem Land and north of Darwin, with a tropical climate.

The largest community/town on the island is Milikapiti, pop. 559. The second village is Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi, formerly Garden Point), pop. 440, 27 km west of Milikapiti, on the west coast of Melville Island. About 30 more people live in five family outstations.

At 5,786 square kilometres (2,234 sq mi) it is just outside the 100 largest islands in the world, but is the second biggest island in Australia, after Tasmania (and excluding the continental landmass). Only 55 metres (180 ft) south of its southern tip is Irrititu Island, with an area of 1.60 square kilometres (0.62 sq mi).[1]

Together, Melville Island and Bathurst Island are known as the Tiwi Islands.

It is said that the first European to sight the island was Abel Tasman in 1644, although this is now disputed. Melville Island's most likely first European sighting was probably made by the Portuguese, as the Aboriginal peoples encountered by the explorer Phillip Parker King (son of governor of New South Wales Philip Gidley King) in 1818, were found to know some Portuguese words.[citation needed]

King named it for Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville, first lord of the Admiralty, who is also commemorated by the much larger Melville Island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Shortly after this, the British made the first attempt to settle Australia's north coast, at the short-lived Fort Dundas.

During World War II the small Snake Bay Patrol manned by local Indigenous Australians was established as part of the military forces deployed to protect the island against any Japanese landings.

See also


  1. ^ John Woinarski; Brooke Rankmore; Alaric Fisher; Kym Brennan; Damian Milne (December 1997). "The natural occurrence of northern quolls Dasyurus hallucatus on islands of the Northern Territory: assessment of refuges from the threat posed by cane toads Bufo marinus" (PDF). Australian Government and Northern Territory Government. p. 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melville_Island_(Australia)