Ocean Island litigation records
Scope and Contents
A comprehensive set of papers relating to Ocean Island Nos 1 and 2. The first box contains a file of correspondence, 1980-1981, regarding the gift of the collection to the R.C.S.
- 1970 - 1978
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Biographical / Historical
In 1971 a writ (R 3670) was issued by Rotan Tito and others, leaders of the Banabans, against the Attorney-General and the British Phosphate Commissioners, claiming compensation for the use of Ocean Island, home of the Banabans, for the mining of phosphates. To save costs, a second writ (R 2013) was issued in 1973 naming the British Phosphate Commissioners among the defendants, and they were struck out of the first action. The case was heard in 1975-1976. As the hearings on the second writ were taken first, it became known as Ocean Island No. 1; R 3670 was Ocean Island No. 2. Judgement was given in November-December 1976.
22 archive box(es) (22 boxes) : paper
Language of Materials
Former / Other Reference
Other Finding Aids
MSS Addenda, vol. III.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Presented by Messrs Burchell & Rushton through Peter Westwood, May 1980.
This collection level description was created by RAS using information from the original typescript catalogue.
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