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Where in the World is . . . Christmas Island, (VK9X) OC-002 – Ron, K5HM

December 27th, 2018


That’s right little Jimmy. Do you think Santa Clause really likes living at the North Pole? He prefers the temperate climes of the tropics. Christmas island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,072 residents who live in several “settlement areas” on the northern tip of the island variously called Flying Fish Cove, Kampong, Silver City, Poon Saan and Drumsite (I will leave the visual picture of the last two to the reader). Most of the population are Chinese Australian. It is called Christmas Island because it was discovered on Christmas Day, 1643 by Capt. William Mynors of the Royal Mary an East India Company trading vessel as he sailed past it. In 1957, the island was transferred from the U.K. to Australian sovereignty. Read more, download article here

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