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An autonomous, prosperous and sustainable community and council


Hammond Island is a 15 minute ferry ride from Thursday Island and is a hilly island, with mounds of basaltic rocks.

A reserve was established here in 1881 and Parry-Okeden and Roth were appointed trustees of the reserve in February 1900.

Hammond is also known as Keriri by the traditional people of the Kaurareg and belongs to the Thursday Island Group. Members of the Kaurareg people were forcibly removed to the village of Poid on Moa Island in 1921 and 1922.

Hammond became the pearling station headquarters for a short time until its relocation to Thursday Island, and earlier in the 20th century gold was mined here. A cattle industry was then set up to supply the population of Thursday Island.

In 1929 a Catholic Mission was established for the children of the Filipinos and Malays, whose forefathers were brought to the Torres Straits as indentured labour.

Language group

The language spoken on Hammond Island is the Kalau Kawau Ya dialect and Creole.


250 residents


  • Regional council office
  • Catholic primary school (years pre-prep to year three)
  • Child daycare facility
  • Small convenience store
  • Sporting facilities - indoor and outdoor multipurpose courts, rugby league oval
  • Council workshop / compound
  • SES shed
  • Water plant reservoirs / filtration collection wells
  • Power station
  • Barge ramp
  • Pier (small craft and passengers only)
  • Refuel facility (solar powered) diesel and petrol

TSIRC operational hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 12noon, 1pm - 5:00pm


Kelly Beckley - Divisional Manager


Phone: 07 4048 6009


Outside school care hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

3pm - 5pm


2pm - 5pm

Contact: Ms Christine Garnier


Phone: 07 4090 2174


Vacation care hours

Monday - Friday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Contact: Ms Christine Garnier


Phone: 07 4090 2174


Refer to Ferry Schedule

Visitor approval

Visitors Application Form

Refer to contact listing – Elected Councillor/ Divisional Manager/ PBC Chairs


Council Accommodation

No accommodation facilities available at Hammond Community.

Accommodation is available on Thursday Island or Horn Island.


M&M Mini Mart (private shop)

Operating hours: Monday to Friday, 8am - 1pm; 4pm - 5.30pm

Saturday to Sunday, 9am - 11am; 4.30pm - 5.30pm


Contact: Sharon Sabatino, Manager


Phone: 07 4090 3344

Community social groups

There are no community social groups within Hammond Community.


St Joseph’s Catholic Church

Contact: Mrs Rita Dorante

Phone: 07 4069 0700

Gazetted holidays

Gazetted holidays for Hammond Island Community include:

  • 2 May 2017 - Patron St Joseph Church Day
  • 15 Sept 2017 - Hammond Island Church Opening Day