King of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
King of the Cocos Islands was a title given by the press to John Clunies-Ross, a Scottish sea captain, and other members of his family.
He went to live on the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in 1827. Queen Victoria granted the islands in perpetuity to the Clunies-Ross family in 1886. Thus, the title to the islands was claimed by his descendants, until 1978 when John Cecil Clunies-Ross sold the islands (under threat of expropriation) to the Commonwealth of Australia for £2.5m ($4.75m). The Commonwealth had already been administering the islands since 1955.
List Clunies-Ross family owners of the Cocos Islands
|1.||John Clunies-Ross||Ross I||1786–1854||1827||26 May 1854|
|2.||John George Clunies-Ross||Ross II||1823–1871||26 May 1854||8 June 1871|
|3.||George Clunies-Ross||Ross III||1842–1910||1871||7 July 1910|
|4.||Sydney Clunies-Ross||Ross IV||1868–1944||7 July 1910||14 August 1944|
|5.||John Cecil Clunies-Ross||Ross V||1928–||14 August 1944||1 September 1978 |
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