Territory Day is a public holiday on the Australian territory of Christmas Island to commemorate the admittance of the island as a territory within the Australian Commonwealth.
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The island was discovered on Christmas Day In the year 1643, by Captain Mynors, and that’s how it got its name. It was only during the 1800s, however, that the British Empire finally took control of Christmas Island. It was part of the colony of Singapore for a long time but became connected with Australia in 1957, although Australia had to pay Singapore for the acquisition.
Finally, on 1 October 1960, Christmas Island gained its current territorial status. The holiday is observed on the first Monday of October, however, to ensure that people get a three-day weekend.