april memories / 11


11th April, 1984 : One family’s 150-year rule of the tiny Indian Ocean atoll of the Cocos Islands ended today when the islanders voted overwhelmingly to merge with Australia, rejecting further control by John Clunies-Ross, whose family were granted the islands by Queen Victoria in 1886. The islands, 2,800 kilometres north-east of Perth, will now come under Australian law, and the 261 islanders, for the first time in their history, will be able to vote for the Government which controls their destiny.

[One wonders – are they happier now, under No-Carbon-Tax Julia?]

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