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Ruining Pacific Islands: Australia's Phosphate Imperialism

Teaiwa, Katerina


This article explores British, Australian and New Zealand phosphate mining histories in Oceania, with a particular focus on the impact of mining on Banaba, also called Ocean Island, in Kiribati, the former Gilbert Islands Colony. The Ocean Island case provides insight into the nature of Australia's imperial relationship with the Pacific Islands, putting into context, for example, its current relationship with Nauru as a host for refugee detention centres. Both islands were mined for phosphate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2015.1082609


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