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 external territory in the central-eastern Indian Ocean.

Home Island
Pulu Selma (Cocos Islands Malay)
Map of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Home Island is located in Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Home Island
Home Island
Geography
Coordinates12°07′04″S 96°53′51″E / 12.1178°S 96.8975°E / -12.1178; 96.8975
ArchipelagoSouth Keeling Islands
Area95 ha (230 acres)
Administration
Australia
TerritoryCocos (Keeling) Islands
Largest settlementBantam
Additional information
Time zone

Description edit

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]

 
Home Island Mosque

The Home Island Mosque is one of the busiest places on the island, and the minaret is painted in territorial flag colours of green and gold.[2][3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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. ^ "Home Island Mosque". Flickr. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Cocos Keeling Islands Travel Guide". taste2travel. Retrieved 16 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Oceania House" Archived 3 November 2019 at the Wayback Machine, Cocos Keeling Islands. Retrieved on 13 February 2018.
  5. ^ Home Archived 25 November 2019 at the Wayback Machine. Cocos Islands District High School. Retrieved on 8 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Captain Ballards Grave (Place ID 105361)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Early Settlers Graves (Place ID 105362)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Home Island Cemetery (Place ID 105355)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Home Island Foreshore (Place ID 105363)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Home Island Industrial Precinct (Place ID 105220)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Oceania House and Surrounds (Place ID 105236)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Old Co-op Shop (Canteen) (Place ID 105409)". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 15 May 2019.

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