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Old 27th December 2016, 10:44
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That video won't play here but I can't imagine Nauru ever being a Paradise.

John T
It was close, before the phosphate mining. First named ' Pleasant Island' in 1789 when visited by an American Whaling ship, " The Hunter". Nauru had fresh water, unlike Ocean Island before condensers were installed. Great pictures and description of the idyllic life in the 1935 book - Ocean Island and Nauru.

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Spent a week on the Island after a shipboard accident and landed for treatment.
Was in the hospital as no hotels then but allowed out waiting till the ship could come in to load.
Had my walkie talkie with me (bought in Japan earlier).
Called the ship up when it came close enough and let them know the prospects.
Had the loan of a jeep and toured the "Island" and did not see a beach to swim from. Did see fortifications and old anti air craft guns and other WWI wrecks plus there were caves the Japanese dug for a hospital.
Nothing that would entice me back. There was no air line services then.

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Spent a week on the Island after a shipboard accident and landed for treatment.
Was in the hospital as no hotels then but allowed out waiting till the ship could come in to load.
Had my walkie talkie with me (bought in Japan earlier).
Called the ship up when it cake close enough and let them know the prospects.
Had the loan of a jeep and toured the "Island" and did not see a beach to swim from. Did see fortifications and old anti air craft guns and other WWI wrecks plus there were caves the Japanese dug for a hospital.
Nothing that would entice me back. There was no air line services then.
Interesting to read.

Quoting from the book again, the earlier history was very colourful. In the 1880's there were lot of European beachcombers and plenty of fighting between the locals fuelled by a fierce drink - sourToddy. The locals were well armed with repeater rifles. In 1888 the Germans annexed the island, and stayed until 1918 when they lost ownership, along with German New Guinea and other possessions which were all ceded to Great Britain under the Versailles peace treaty.

The phosphate extraction steadily increased year on year and millions of tons have been removed. In 1933 (the last year of statistics in the 1935 book) 558,000 tons were obtained from Ocean Island and Nauru combined. The Makatea total was 79,000 tons. Not sure if both islands are now worked out commercially - perhaps someone can advise?

I do know that Nauru is now a hellish place holding would be asylum seekers to Australia.

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