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There is a mistake for the beginning of protectorate : only 1892 by Captain Davies --Enzino 19:28, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)


Can someone go into the reasons the islands were split from each other? Chris 04:01, 4 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]


There's no mention of where the names "Gilbert" and "Ellice" came from. I've read that Ellice Islands were named after a British member of parliament who owned the ship that found them. Is there more info on these namings? -- JackofOz 01:13, 26 September 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Ah, found it at List of country name etymologies.
  • Gilbert Islands (former name): named after the British Captain Thomas Gilbert, who sighted the islands in 1788.
  • Ellice Islands (former name): named after Edward Ellice, a British politician and merchant, by Captain Arent de Peyster, who sighted the islands in 1819 sailing on the ship Rebecca. Ellice owned the cargo of the ship. The Ellice Islands received the name Tuvalu following a vote for secession from the Gilbert Islands (now Kiribati) in 1975/1976.
I've added this info to the article. -- JackofOz 02:00, 26 September 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Clearly specify where this is geographically![edit]

A clear description of the geographical location in relation to it's neighbouring areas is needed. The current map is useful (however somewhat low resolution), but this article could be improved a lot if someone actually writes where these islands were geographically. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:10, 5 December 2013 (UTC)[reply]


"The formation of the United Nations Organisation after World War II resulted in the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization committing to a process of decolonisation; as a consequence the British colonies in the Pacific started on a path to self-determination." Since the United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization apparently only came into being in 1961, a great deal of what is attributed to it (especially the phrase "as a consequence the British colonies in the Pacific started on a path to self-determination") happened before it existed, especially things that happened in 1947 and 1956. And quite what relevance the Special Committee has or had is not obvious either, given that it is - at least at present - mostly made up of countries intent on forming their own political bloc and paying little attention to the wishes of the inhabitants of the territories in question. Ghughesarch (talk) 02:07, 22 May 2015 (UTC)[reply]

Facts to add to the article[edit]

  • 1892 May 27 Captain H.M. Davis of HMS Royalist lands at Abemana atoll and proclaims a British protectorate over the Gilbert Islands.
  • September A British protectorate is proclaimed over the Ellice Islands.
  • 1897 Australian geologist Sir Edgeworth David drills an 1,100 foot deep bore shaft on Funafuti in the Ellice Group in a search for proof of Darwin’s theory on the origin of coral atolls.
  • 1900 May 3 Albert Ellis, a New Zealander in the employ of the Pacific Islands Company, arrives at Banaba (Ocean) Island and discovers rich phosphate deposits.
  • August 28 Laborers from Hawaii and the Gilbert Islands begin mining phosphate on Ocean Island.
  • November 28 The jurisdiction of the British Resident Commissioner for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands protectorate is extended to Ocean Island by proclamation.
  • 1901 September 28 Admiral Reginald Tupper arrives at Ocean Island aboard HMS Pylades to formally take possession of the island for Great Britain.
  • The Pacific Islands Company becomes the Pacific Phosphate Company whose earnings from the Ocean Island diggings allow it to pay an average dividend of 27% during the first five years of operation.
  • 1907 The administrative capital of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony is moved to Ocean Island.

-Arorae (talk) 06:31, 25 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

1975 Separation[edit]

“AND WHEREAS on 1 October 1975 Her Most Excellent Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was graciously pleased to establish the Ellice Islands as a separate colony under their ancient name of Tuvalu;”

(With Tuvaluan Order in Privy Council) doesn’t mean that GEIC disappeared on 1st October 1975. It took 3 months, as established in this order, to enter in force the separation. The new headquarters were transferred on 1st January 1976, and the new colonies’ flags were raised only then.)--Arorae (talk) 12:00, 24 October 2020 (UTC)[reply]