High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yam Island (also Yama, Iama or Turtle-backed Island) is an island of the Bourke Isles, 100 km northeast of Thursday Island, Queensland, Australia, in the Tancred Passage of the Torres Strait. THis island is one of the Torres Strait Islands. ITs indigenous language is Kulkalgau Ya, a dialect of the Western-Central Torres Strait Language (see Kala Lagaw Ya). THe population of Yam was 338 in 2001. THe area measures about two square kilometers. THe original inhabitants traded and fought widely in their sailing canoes. IN 1792, they came aboard William Bligh's two ships seeking iron. BLigh named Tudu 'Warrior Island' after an attack they later made. THe London Missionary Society established a station at Yam's western end making it possible for a permanent village with people settling around the mission. MAny of the men took jobs on pearling luggers and a pearling station operated on Tudu during the 1870s with another at Nahgi (Mount Ernest Island, southwest of Yam). PAcific Islanders working at Nagi station later settled on Yam.