Australia-Banaba Relations: the price of shaping a nation is now a call for recognition

By Stacey King (co-presenter Raobeia Ken Sigrah)

(Conference Paper )


The prosperity of Australia during the past century was provided from the wealth generated from the nation’s farmlands. One of the major components of this success depended on the subsided use of super-phosphate fertilisers derived from the rich phosphate rock deposits of a small remote Pacific island. In a period spanning eighty years Australia was a major shareholder in a joint commercial venture with the governments of United Kingdom and New Zealand to mine Banaba-Ocean Island. Now only twenty five years later these historical links seem all but forgotten. This paper addresses these issues and the Banabans call for the Australian government to finally recognise their major contribution in shaping Australian history.


Conference Paper: The Pacific in Australia 2006

This paper was presented at The Pacific in Australia - Australia in the Pacific conference QUT, Carseldine campus, Brisbane, Australia 24 to 27 January 2006 - The Pacific and Australia - Australia in the Pacific; Humanities research - History.


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