Welcome to the Nauru Genealogy Project
We provide genealogical and historical transcriptions relating to the
islands of the Nauru. If you have transcriptions which relate to this
area or other material that you would be willing to share so that others
can benefit, we would like to hear from you. Please see our
transcription guidelines page for details on
donating transcriptions. If you should have a specific question about
Nauru Genealogy Project, please feel free to contact me.
2/3/03 - Website redesigned.
by Captain John Fearn in 1798, the Republic of Nauru is north of the
Solomon Islands and just south of the equator. With 9,500 people, the
majority being nauruan, while the balance made up by pacific islanders,
asian and european. Nauruan is the predominant language, however English
is widely spoken.
Nauruan people originated from a mixture of people from Polynesia,
Micronesia and Melanesia. During the early 1800's, Nauru was a base for
American whalers. In the late 1800's it came under German
administration. In 1914 it was surrendered to Australia and eventually
became independent in 1968, the world's smallest.
Nauru existed as an independent island society until it was annexed
by Germany in 1888 as part of the Marshall Islands Protectorate. In 1900
a British company discovered phosphate on the island and negotiated with
Germany for mining rights. In November 1914 Nauru was seized by
Australian troops and remained in British control until 1921. At the end
of the war, when the German colonies were detached, a League of Nations
C Class Mandate was granted to Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
The three countries provided for an Administration and set up the
British Phosphate Commissioners (BPC) to run the phosphate industry.
In 1940 Nauru was occupied by the Japanese and 1200 Nauruans were
deported to Truk. Only 700 survivors returned. In 1947 the island was
placed under United Nations Trusteeship and Australia resumed
administration on behalf of the three partner governments: Australia,
New Zealand and Great Britain.
Nauru became an independent republic on 31 January 1968. The blue on
the flag symbolises the Pacific Ocean, the gold band the Equator and the
12 pointed star 12 tribes of the Nauruan people.
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