Heard Island and McDonald Islands are uninhabited, barren islands located in the Southern Ocean at 53°00′S 73°00′E, about two-thirds of the way from ► Madagascar to ► Antarctica. They have been territories of Australia since 1947, and contain the only two active volcanoes in Australian territory, one of which, Mawson Peak, is the highest Australian mountain. The group's size is 372 km² in area. The islands lie near the ► French Southern and Antarctic Lands.
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Heard Island and McDonald Islands, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Heard Island and McDonald Islands.
The original British Heard Island and McDonald Islands are Australian since 1947. The territory doesn't have self-government.
Satellite map of Heard Island
Notes and references
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