I had the rather enviable honour to attend the Australia Day Celebrations on none other than Direction Island yesterday.
The site of the old cable station and wireless station are long gone, but the history of the site is well recorded with plaques along the walking trail. I’ve been truly humbled in the knowledge of the personal sacrifices and hardships that these people endured in such remoteness.
I encourage anyone with the means or motive to get over to the now uninhabited “Rat Island” should they venture to the furthest western point of Australia here at Cocos (Keeling) Island and experience this themselves.
Tony Fisher (ARF)