Was just reading about the island. Its 2 hrs from Spore and 4 hrs from Perth. Population is like 70% Chinese, 20% Malays, 10% Europeans. It was handed over to the Australians. It had to do with the Commonwealth thing and all. But why was this decision made. Did we get anything else, besides the 2.9million pounds? Maybe, being a colony, Singapore did not have much of a say in how the colonies were divided when they broke away to be independent Commonwealth States. Was there a big hue and cry? My question is how did this decision come about? I find this pretty interesting, and if someone has done some background on it, appreciate if you could share it here. thanks.
Some History- In 1957 the Australian government acquired Christmas Island from the Singapore Government for a compensation of 2.9 million pounds. The island existed as a Crown colony until its transfer to Australia was finalised on 1st October 1958, which is still celebrated on the first Monday in October as Territory Day.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND ACT 1958 - SECT 5
Acceptance of Christmas Island
Christmas Island is declared to be accepted by the Commonwealth as a Territory under the authority of the Commonwealth and shall be known as the Territory of Christmas Island. CHRISTMAS ISLAND ACT 1958
- SECT 6
Transfer of rights, liabilities etc. to Commonwealth
All property, rights and powers in or in connexion with Christmas Island which, immediately before the proclaimed date, were held or enjoyed by or on behalf of the Queen in right of the United Kingdom or of the Colony of Christmas Island, or by or on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom or of the Colony of Christmas Island, shall, from and including that date, be deemed to be held or enjoyed by or on behalf of the Commonwealth.
Subject to subsection (3), all liabilities and obligations incurred before the proclaimed date by or on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom, the Government of the Colony of Singapore or the Government of the Colony of Christmas Island in or in connexion with Christmas Island and subsisting immediately before that date shall, from and including that date, be deemed to have been incurred by or on behalf of the Commonwealth.