History of Christmas Island
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First posted on November 25th 2004






Timeline : Christmas Island


1615
1643
1666
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1718

1857
1887
1888
1888
1897
1942-1945
1946
1958
1958
1975
1980
1984
1986
1986
1987
1989
1990
1993
Island's existence first recorded
English navigator William Myers sighted, named the island
Shown on a map made by Pieter Goos, named Moni
Visited by English navigator William Dampier; uninhabited
Publication of Daniel Beekman's book "A Voyage to and from the Island
of Borneo, in the East Indies"; mentions Christmas Island
British vessel Amethyst visited, explored island
British Captain Maclear found phosphate deposits on the island
Britain annexed Christmas Island, administratively placed under Straits Settlements
European settlement established at Flying Fish Cove
Christmas Island Phosphate Co. began mining; a work force (mainly Chinese) had to be imported
Japanese Occupation
Administration of Christmas Island placed under Colony of Singapore
Administration of Christmas Island transferred to Australia
Australian Post issued stamps for Christmas Island
Union of Christmas Island Workers (Labour Union) formed
Much of the island was declared a national park
Australian citizenship extended to Christmas Islanders
Christmas Island national park was extended
Flag of Christmas Island adopted
Phosphate mining was ceased
Christmas Island National Park was further extended
Phosphate mining was resumed
Casino opened




EXTERNAL
FILES
History, from Christmas Island Tourism Association
Christmas Island, from CIA World Factbook
Territories of Australia : Christmas Island, from Govt. of Australia, Dept. of Transport and Regional Services
Christmas Island National Park
The Territory of Christmas Island, Fact Sheet, from National Archives of Australia
Article Christmas Island, from Wikipedia