Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Where in the World Is. Christmas Island; ONE of Australia's Most Far-Flung Outposts Is Located 2605 Kilometres Northwest of Perth. It Has an Interesting Name and Is Full of Natural Wonders

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Where in the World Is. Christmas Island; ONE of Australia's Most Far-Flung Outposts Is Located 2605 Kilometres Northwest of Perth. It Has an Interesting Name and Is Full of Natural Wonders

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FAST FACTS

The discovery of phosphate on the island in 1888 led to the mining of the resource. Mining commenced in 1897 with the formation of the Christmas Island Phosphate Co Ltd. The workforce was made up of Chinese, Malays and Sikhs, whose cultural influence is still prominent today.

Britain took possession of Christmas Island in the name of Queen Victoria, but in 1946 it was placed under the jurisdiction of Singapore. In 1958, Britain transferred sovereignty to Australia, and the island was made an Australian Territory.

Signs of the island's World War II history remain including a restored gun emplacement. You can also see signs of the Japanese invasion and occupation.

Christmas Island has a population of 2000 permanent residents.

Around 80,000 seabirds nest on Christmas Island annually, with 23 breeding or resident species.

At the beginning of the wet season (usually October / November), most adult red crabs begin a spectacular migration from the forest to the coast, to breed and release eggs into the sea. …

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