Horsburgh Island

Coordinates: 12°04′36″S 96°50′23″E / 12.0766°S 96.8397°E / -12.0766; 96.8397
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Horsburgh Island (in Malay, Pulo Luar or Pulu Luar) is one of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Its area is 1.04 square kilometres (0.40 square miles). There is a small lagoon in the interior of the island to the northeast.


The Clunies-Ross Family kept deer on the island for hunting. In 1941, during World War II, gun emplacements were installed on the southern point of the island and manned by Ceylonese troops. The Cocos Islands Mutiny began on this island. The Ceylon Garrison Artillery on Horsburgh Island mutinied on the night of 8/9 May 1942, intending to hand the islands over to the Japanese.[1][2] Surviving six-inch guns from World War II are listed on the Australian Commonwealth Heritage List.[3]

This island is named after James Horsburgh, hydrographer to the East India Company and author of the long-titled "Directions for Sailing to and from the East Indies, China, New Holland, Cape of Good Hope, and the interjacent Ports, compiled chiefly from original Journals and Observations made during 21 years' experience in navigating those Seas". Horsburgh's Directory was the standard work for oriental navigation in the first half of the 19th century, until Robert Moresby's survey of the Archipelagoes of the Central Indian Ocean when for the first time in history accurate maps of atolls like Keeling or Cocos were published.

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  1. ^ Stanley, Peter (June 2001). "Review: Noel Crusz, The Cocos Islands mutiny". Journal of the Australian War Memorial (34). Archived from the original on 11 September 2001.
  2. ^ Perera, T. (20 April 2008). "A burst of gunfire and all hell broke loose". The Sunday Times Sri Lanka. 42 (47). Wijeya Newspapers. ISSN 1391-0531. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Six Inch Guns (Place ID 105222)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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12°04′36″S 96°50′23″E / 12.0766°S 96.8397°E / -12.0766; 96.8397