Roughly 2,000 years ago, Melanesian and Polynesian settlers arrived on the shores of the Torres Strait Islands, in the far north of the Australian state of Queensland. Today, the unofficial capital of this archipelago is Thursday Island, originally called “Waiben” (believed to mean “no water”) by the Melanesians but today known locally as “TI.” Just 1.4 square miles in size, the island was once a major pearling center. Today, fishing remains a mainstay of the economy.