Republic of Nauru
  • Brian Hunter
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


Key Historical Events. The island was discovered by Capt. Fearn in 1798, annexed by Germany in Oct. 1888, and surrendered to Australian forces in 1914. It was administered by the UK under a League of Nations mandate from 1920 until 1947, when the UN approved a trusteeship agreement with Australia, New Zealand and the UK as joint administering authorities. Independence was gained on 31 Jan. 1968.

Further Reading

  1. Macdonald, B., Trusteeship and Independence in Nauru. Wellington, 1988Google Scholar
  2. Weeremantry, C., Nauru: Environmental Damage under International Trusteeship. OUP, 1992Google Scholar
  3. Williams, M. and Macdonald, B., The Phosphateers. Melbourne Univ. Press, 1985Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996

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  • Brian Hunter

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