History of Cocos Island
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First posted on November 25th 2004






Timeline : Cocos (Keeling) Islands


1609
1826
1827
1836
1857
1878
1886
1886
1903
1914

1942
1944
1944-1946
1946
1955
1977
1978
1984
1995
English navigator William Keeling believed to be the first European to sight the islands
Alexander Hare established first British settlement
Captain Clunies-Ross founded a second British settlement
Charls Darwin visited Cocos Islands
British annexation of the Cocos Islands
Administration of the Cocos Islands placed under Ceylon
Queen Victoria granted the islands to George Clunies Ross and his descendants, in perpetuity
Administration of Cocos Islands placed under Straits Settlements
Administration of Cocos Islands placed under Singapore, Straits Settlements
Early in WW I, a German party from SMS Emden landed on Direction Island, destroyed a
wireless and cable station; the Emden wasw sunk in the waters of the Cocos Islands
Administration of Cocos Islands placed under Ceylon
Airstrip constructed
Islands under military administration
Cocos Islands placed under Resident Commissioner, responsible to Singapore
Cocos Islands proclaimed an Australian Territory
A Local Government Council elected
Australia's government purchased most of the lands held by the Clunies-Ross family
Inhabitants voted for full integration with Australia
Pulau Keling National Park proclaimed




EXTERNAL
FILES
History, from Cocos Tourism
Article Cocos Islands, from Wikipedia
Cocos (Keeling) Islands Historical Society
History of the Island Group Cocos (Keeling) Islands, from Australian Govt., Dept. of Environment and Heritage
History of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fact Sheet, from National Archives of Australia
History, from Australian Govt., Dept. of Meteorology
History of the Cocos Islands, from FOTW










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