Travel - Robert Downie
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Mrs Hunt’s Southern Sky

The southern sky rises over the windswept isolation of the cottage once occupied by Mrs Hunt. Ruby Hunt was one of the last to leave Maria island in 1968 before it became a National Park. She would operate a pedal wireless from the house, which at the time was the only communication link on the island with the mainland of Tasmania. If someone wished to send a message they would put it in a bottle, at night outside Mrs. Hunt’s door, and she would make the necessary call and leave the answer in the bottle for collection during the next night. Maria Island is a remote mountainous island located in the Tasman Sea, off the east coast of Tasmania, Australia. The island was named in 1642 by Dutch explorer Abel Tasman after Maria van Diemen (née van Aelst).