Home Island

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Home Island, also known locally as Pulu Selma, is one of only two permanently inhabited islands of the 26 islands of the Southern Atoll of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, an Australian Overseas Territory in the central-eastern Indian Ocean. It is 95 hectares (230 acres) in area and contains the largest settlement of the territory, Bantam, with a population of about 500 Cocos Malay people. Local attractions include a museum covering local culture and traditions, flora and fauna, Australian naval history, and the early owners of the Cocos-Keeling Islands.[1] There is also a trail leading to Oceania House which was the ancestral home of the Clunies-Ross family, the former rulers of the Cocos-Keeling Islands and is over a century old.[2]

Education[edit]

Cocos Islands District High School operates a primary education centre on Home Island; most of the staff live on West Island and travel to their jobs on a daily basis. Secondary level students go to the West Island campus.[3]

Heritage listings[edit]

Home Island contains a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home Island", Cocos Keeling Islands. Retrieved on 13 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Oceania House", Cocos Keeling Islands. Retrieved on 13 February 2018.
  3. ^ Home. Cocos Islands District High School. Retrieved on 8 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Captain Ballards Grave (Place ID 105361)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Early Settlers Graves (Place ID 105362)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Home Island Cemetery (Place ID 105355)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Home Island Foreshore (Place ID 105363)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Home Island Industrial Precinct (Place ID 105220)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Oceania House and Surrounds (Place ID 105236)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Old Co-op Shop (Canteen) (Place ID 105409)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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Coordinates: 12°07′04″S 96°53′51″E / 12.1178°S 96.8975°E / -12.1178; 96.8975