Cocos (Keeling) Islands in History

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1836-04-01 Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1914-11-09 Off Cocos Island, near Sumatra, the Australian cruiser 'Sydney' sinks German cruiser 'Emden', which has been attacking ships in the Pacific
  • 1955-11-03 Australia takes control of Cocos Islands
  • 1955-11-23 Britain transfers the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean to Australia