Christmas Island is a small, externnal, non self-governing territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, 2,360 km northwest of Perth in Western Australia and 500 km south of Jakarta, Indonesia. The island covers an area of around 135 sq km. It is used as a detention centre for illegal immigrants.
When nearly pure phosphate of lime was discovered in the late 1800s, the island was annexed by the British Crown on 6 June 1888. The first permanent settlement was established in Flying Fish Cove by G Clunies Ross, the owner of the Keeling Islands, and phosphate mining began in the 1890s using indentured workers from Singapore, China, and Malaysia. The island was administered jointly by the British Phosphate Commissioners and District Officers from the UK Colonial Office through the Straits Colony, and later the Colony of Singapore. Japan invaded and occupied the island in 1942, and interned the residents until the end of World War II in 1945.
After WWII, the UK transferred sovereignty of Christmas Island to Australia. In 1957, the Australian government paid the government of Singapore 2.9 million pounds in compensation, the estimated value of the phosphate foregone by Singapore. The first Australian Official Representative arrived in 1958 and was replaced by an Administrator in 1968.
Together, Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands are known as Australia's Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs). They have both been administered by a single Administrator resident on Christmas Island, since 1997. As of July 2005, there are approximately 1600 Christmas Islanders. The ethnic composition is 70% Chinese, 20% European and 10% Malay. English is the official language, but Chinese and Malay are also spoken.
Christmas Island featured strongly in the media in mid-December 2010 when a boatload of asylum seekers, tossed about by enormous seas, crashed off rocky cliffs near the island's only safe harbour, killing at least thirty people.
Most people who live in Christmas Island are from Christmas Island.
They migrate from the middle of christmas island to the coast of christmas island
There are no kangaroos on Christmas Island.
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Christmas Island was created in 1957.
Christmas Island is surrounded by the Indian Ocean.
Christmas Island does not have a floral emblem.
the island was discovered on Christmas eve 1777
Christmas Island Shrew was created in 1889.
Christmas Island is 6675km from Sydney.
Christmas Island Thrush was created in 1887.
Christmas Island Resort was created in 1993.
Christmas Island Swiftlet was created in 1889.
Christmas Island Pipistrelle was created in 1900.
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Christmas island is 2752km from Darwin.
The Christmas Island which is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean Speaks English. Christmas Island, Nova Scotia, mainly English, but a few elderly residents speak Gaelic. Christmas Island, Tasmania is a nature reserve where no one lives. Kiritimati or Christmas Island uses English or Gilbertese.
Christmas Island, Easter Island
It is unlikely, but possible, that there will be a non-advertising Christmas game. But not an island.
Depends on which Christmas Island you mean. See the Related Question.
They have very big festivals and it is very live in chirstmas island.
The airport code for Christmas Island Airport is XCH.
Christmas Island boat disaster happened in 2010.
Christmas Island red crab was created in 1888.