John Clunies-Ross death – How did John Clunies-Ross die? – cause of death – dead : obituary – tributes
John Clunies-Ross Cause of death – what happened?
- Date of death : September , 2021
- Death Age : 93 -year-old
- cause of death : unconfirmed
For more than three decades he ruled over shimmering coral cays scattered across a remote corner of the Indian Ocean with all the authority of a benign but absolute monarch.
To his few hundred subjects he was more than the barefoot king of the Cocos Islands who strode about his domain, with a ceremonial dagger strapped to his waist the only symbol of his power.
John Clunies-Ross was also their sole employer, landlord, school teacher and law enforcer, and he lived with his wife and five children in some style in the ancestral mansion, Oceania House, built with bricks from Scotland, and which boasted eight bedrooms, a ballroom, spiral staircase, teak panelling, and 12 acres of walled gardens.
As magistrate he had abolished corporal punishment on the island, but a cat o’nine tails hanging prominently in the court room was an uncomfortable reminder it could be brought back.
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