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HELP WANTED!  Position Vacant
This project is currently in need of a Volunteer Island Coordinator (IC).  An Island Coordinator is responsible for the island website and the administration of the Christmas Island Message Board & Mailing List (hosted for free by Rootsweb.com).  Basic web skills (or the willingness to learn) and a little free time are the only prerequisites.  If you would like further details or wish to submit an expression of interest, please contact the Country Coordinator at the AustraliaGenWeb Project (AUGenWeb).


What is the Christmas Island GenWeb?
The CXRGenWeb is a genealogical research hub and transcript depot for the island if Christmas, a non-self governing territory of Australia situated in the Indian Ocean.

Click Here to read about the history of Christmas Island (Courtesy of Wikipedia)



Map courtesy of the CIA World Fact Book


Territory of Christmas Island
Basic facts as per the CIA World Fact Book
Geographic Coordinates: 10 30 S, 105 40 E
Location: South-eastern Asia, island in the Indian Ocean, south of Indonesia
Area & Terrain: 135 sq km; steep cliffs along coast rise abruptly to central plateau
Population: 1,493 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Chinese 70%, European 20%, Malay 10%,  no indigenous population (2001)
Capital: The Settlement
Languages: English (official), Chinese, Malay
Religions: Buddhist 36%, Muslim 25%, Christian 18%, other 21% (1997)
Background: Named in 1643 for the day of its discovery, the island was annexed and settlement began by the UK in 1888. Phosphate mining began in the 1890s. The UK transferred sovereignty to Australia in 1958. Almost two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park.
Government: non-self governing territory of Australia; administered by the Australian Department of Transport and Regional Services
Constitution: Christmas Island Act of 1958-59 (1 October 1958) as amended by the Territories Law Reform Act of 1992
Legislative Branch: unicameral Christmas Island Shire Council (9 seats; members elected by popular vote to serve four-year terms)
Legal System: under the authority of the governor general of Australia and Australian law
Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
Economy: Phosphate mining had been the only significant economic activity, but in December 1987 the Australian Government closed the mine. In 1991, the mine was reopened. With the support of the government, a $34 million casino opened in 1993. The casino closed in 1998. The Australian Government in 2001 agreed to support the creation of a commercial space-launching site on the island, projected to begin operations in the near future.
Industries: tourism, phosphate extraction (near depletion)


Flag
Territorial flag; divided diagonally from upper hoist to lower fly; the upper triangle is green with a yellow image of the Golden Bosun Bird superimposed, while the lower triangle is blue with the Southern Cross constellation, representing Australia, superimposed; a centred yellow disk displays a green map of the island; the flag of Australia is used for official purposes.


Christmas Island Flag

Australian Flag

Linking to the ChristmasIslandGenWeb (CXRGenWeb)
To link to the CXRGenWeb simply add http://www.rootsweb.com/~auscxr as a hyperlink; or select a logo from below and add the URL as a hyperlink to the picture's properties when posting to the web.  

Linking to the ChristmasIslandGenWeb (CXRGenWeb)
To link to the CXRGenWeb simply add http://www.rootsweb.com/~auscxr as a hyperlink; or select a logo from below and add the URL as a hyperlink to the picture's properties when posting to the web.  


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