Category: Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

A group of Southeast Asian descendants wants to be recognised as Indigenous Australians

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In 1826, an English merchant, Alexander Hare, brought a group of people from Malaysia and Indonesia as well as South Africa and New Guinea to an atoll northwest of mainland Australia in the Indian Ocean. Hare took them to the Cocos (Keeling) Islands as indentured workers, slaves and/or convicts. A year later, a Scottish rival, […]

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Seafood, sate, and spouses—giving and receiving among the Cocos Malays

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NICHOLAS HERRIMAN and MONIKA WINARNITA enter into the spirit of gift-giving among the Cocos Malays. Giving and receiving play a huge role in the life of Australia’s Cocos Malays. This struck home for us when returning from fieldwork in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. After the long, turbulent flight, we collected our luggage and a special […]