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Cocos Culture and History

Episode: 3
Title: Cocos Culture and History
Broadcast: August 13th
Presenter: Chrissy Morrissy

Come and discover the fascinating history that placed the Cocos Islands on the map, as Chrissy travels to Home Island, in the north of the lagoon.

  • Home Island is not like the rest of the atoll, where the dominant language is Malay instead of English.
  • The Cocos Malay people were brought over in 1825 by John Clunies-Ross, to start up a coconut plantation which was the beginning of an empire.
  • Home Island also holds the island’s most famous building: Oceanus – a colonial mansion that housed the Clunies-Ross dynasty for almost 100 years.
  • Today, the mansion is owned by Avril and Lloyd Leist, a couple of historians who through their love of the past, have turned their home into a B&B, even offering history tours.
  • While you’re at the island, make sure to take the Home Island Cultural Tour, and visit the final resting place of those that helped establish the Clunies-Ross dynasty.

Cocos Keeling Islands
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