King of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands

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King of the Cocos Islands was a title, initially given by the press but later self-proclaimed, 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.

John Cecil Clunies-Ross currently lives in Perth, Western Australia, but his son John George Clunies-Ross (born 1957) lives on West Island.[1]

List Clunies-Ross family owners of the Cocos Islands[edit]

Order King Regnal Name Born-Died From Until
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 8 June 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 [1]

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