• John Paxton
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The island was discovered by Capt. Fearn in 1798, annexed by Germany in Oct. 1888, and surrendered to the Australian forces in 1914. It was administered under a mandate, effective from 17 Dec. 1920, conferred on the British Empire and approved by the League of Nations until 1 Nov. 1947, when the United Nations General Assembly approved a trusteeship agreement with the governments of Australia, New Zealand and UK as joint administering authority. Independence was gained in 1968.

Books of Reference

  1. Text oj Trusteeship Agreement (Cmd. 7290; Treaty Series No. 89, 1947)Google Scholar
  2. Packett, C. N., Guide to the Republic of Nauru. Bradford, 1970Google Scholar
  3. Pittman, G. A., Nauru, the Phosphate Island. London, 1959Google Scholar
  4. Viviani, N., Phosphate and Political Progress. Canberra, 1970Google Scholar

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